The indoor reopening of Wales’ hospitality businesses should be brought forward to at least align with England and Scotland’s commitment to opening doors on 17th May and even earlier if possible, says UKHospitality Cymru (UKHC).
Under current plans, hospitality business in Wales will start to open on a very limited basis outdoors on 26th April, some two weeks after England, yet it has been closed longer. The indoor opening ‘soft target’ remains before the end of May.
UKHC executive director, David Chapman, who is leading the charge, pointed out that Covid-19 cases in Wales are currently the lowest number since the sector was open for business last Autumn, below 20 per 100,000.
He adds: “There are simply no reasons now why our First Minister, in his three-weekly review on 22nd April, couldn’t indicate that we could be open before England and Scotland or at the very latest alongside England and Scotland on 17th May.”
Believing that customers are keen and businesses are desperate, he adds: “An early opening would help key businesses survive, boost local communities and the Welsh economy as a whole and lift the mood of Wales tremendously."