The 'Four Nations' approach to the festive season announced on 24th November does currently (26/11/2020) leave us in Wales with any clear guidance. Arguably, this is too late for many competing for business from over the border. As regards guidance on what restrictions will be in place for ‘Christmas bubbles’ in Wales again there is none at present. Thenext Welsh Government review is scheduled for the 3rd December, the date when England comes out of their lockdown, we hope to hear clarification for Christmas along with the update on whether there will be a reintroduction of travel restrictions for people travelling from high incident areas into Wales.
For information: England has conversely published guidance for the five day festive period (23rd – 27th December) where, if you form a 3 household ‘Christmas bubble’, you can visit each other’s homes and stay overnight in private rented accommodation, but you cannot meet your ‘Christmas bubble’ in any other indoor settings (e.g. pubs, restaurants, theatres etc) and all of these rules will still be dependent upon the English Tier system to be announced today. Whilst we understand our member businesses frustration, rest assured we are in regular contact with the Welsh Government and continue to lobby for support and clarity of guidance and regulation. If member businesses are taking bookings from outside of Wales over the Christmas period then you need to do so with a great deal of caution and to be mindful that the position in Wales has not yet been confirmed.