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Extra funding available as Welsh hospitality reopens indoors


The Welsh government has announced additional funding for hospitality businesses as they prepare to open indoors to groups of six people from six different households from 17th May.


Fish and chip restaurants will be among the businesses able to access additional funding of between £2,000 and £25,000 designed to help those still affected by restrictions meet ongoing costs as they prepare for re-opening and more normal trading conditions.


An eligibility checker will open on the Business Wales website at midday on Monday 17th May so businesses can find out how much support they are likely to be entitled to and how to apply.


Restaurants will be able to submit applications by the end of the month and will receive between £2,500 and £25,000 depending on their circumstances. Funding will be calculated based on the size of the business and the type of restrictions they are under.


First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “The public health situation continues to improve in Wales – we have the lowest coronavirus rates and the best vaccination rates in the UK.


“We know the restrictions have helped to keep us all safe but they have had a big impact on Welsh businesses, which is why we are making more funding available to support firms and safeguard jobs.


“Eligible businesses will receive support of up to £25k as they prepare to reopen and move towards more normal trading conditions.”


This support is in addition to the Welsh Government’s £610m non-domestic rates relief which it says means more than 70,000 retail, leisure and hospitality businesses pay no rates in 2021-22.