Following the latest 21-day review of the coronavirus regulations, the First Minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford, has set out a phased timetable to ease restrictions for large parts of Wales’ visitor, hospitality, and leisure and tourism sectors.
Immediate changes will come into effect tomorrow (Saturday 11 July) when self-contained holiday accommodation opens.
From Monday 13 July the following will be able to open, subject to following the guidance about coronavirus-safe ways to operate:
- Hairdressing salons and barbershops, including mobile hairdressers.
- Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes outdoors.
- Outdoor cinemas.
- Indoor visitor attractions, but a small number of underground visitor attractions will remain closed for the time being because of the higher risks associated with these environments. The Welsh Government will continue to work with these attractions towards safe re-opening.
- Places of worship. Faith leaders can begin to gradually resume services when they are ready to do so safely.
The Welsh Government is also making changes to the regulations to allow larger gatherings of up to 30 people outdoors only where these are organised and supervised by a responsible person for sports and other leisure activities and classes.
This will allow sports and leisure activities, such as fitness and dance classes to take place outdoors, as well as collective worship.
From July 20, playgrounds, community centres and outdoor gyms will be able to reopen gradually over the following weeks as and when safety checks and mitigations are put in place. Re-opening community centres will help local authorities provide summer holiday play schemes and childcare.
The First Minister is today calling on other businesses and sectors to prepare for re-opening from 27 July:
- Close contact services, including nail and beauty salons and businesses providing tanning services, massages, body piercings, tattooing, electrolysis or acupuncture.
- Indoor cinemas, museums, galleries and archive services.
- Tourist accommodation with shared facilities, such as camping sites. Opening would be from 25 July.
- Reopening the housing market fully.
A final decision about reopening these sectors will depend on conditions and feedback from the initial opening of the tourism industry, indoor attractions and hairdressing sector.
Further information available at GOV.WALES
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Posted on: Friday 10th July 2020