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Indoor hospitality in Wales on track to reopen from 17th May

The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, believes that indoor hospitality is on track to open from Monday 17th May - the same date as in England.

It is the first time a proposed date has been given for the reopening of pubs and restaurants indoors in Wales since the sector closed in December. However, the ultimate decision will rest with the incoming Welsh government when the next review is held on 13th May, a week after the Senedd election.

In an interview with the BBC, the First Minister said: "It is my assessment that the hospitality sector - bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes - will be able to open indoors from May 17.

"Together with all other tourist accommodation, indoor entertainment and attractions."

Hospitality venues have already been given the green light to open outdoors in Wales from Monday 26 April.

The First Minister will hold a review of the easing of lockdown restrictions today at around 12.15pm.

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