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Restaurants in Wales can open outdoor spaces from 13th July

Fish and chip restaurants in Wales will be able to reopen outdoors from 13th July, under plans announced by the Welsh government.

Venues will be able to open in spaces they own and have licences for, however, it depends on coronavirus cases continuing to fall. Indoor services will remain closed for now.

The announcement today has lead UKHospitality to call on the Welsh government to urgently provide firm dates to enable hospitality businesses to plan for a safe and orderly full reopening. It is the only part of the UK without a restart date for indoor hospitality. UKHospitality executive director for Wales David Chapman said: “While premises remain closed or partially open without the surety of a full opening date, the spectre of large numbers of redundancies hangs over the industry and the vulnerable communities it serves across Wales. “Businesses are unable to formally plan for bringing back staff and anticipating revenues, and they are facing squarely the end of vital financial support. They are reporting the possibility of around 35-40 per cent redundancies in our sector. “We need clarification of the opening date to give businesses confidence. We also need a refreshed and substantial support package to help our businesses to operate to the highest level possible so that they can retain as many of their workforce as possible.”

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