Following a meeting with Mark Drakeford, First Minister (FM) on the 18th June, where Andrew Campbell, Chair of the WTA discussed the urgency of the situation facing the tourism industry in Wales, we were pleased at the announcements made today (19th June). The First Minister has stated that Businesses without shared facilities will be able to take bookings in Wales from 13 July onwards. Whilst we recognise this will not appease everyone we recognise this as a first welcome step to opening up the tourism economy in Wales.
He also announced that he will lift the restriction on people only being able to travel within five miles of home on 6th July and is urging local communities, local authorities and outdoor visitor attractions to use the two week period before then to prepare for reopening. The next review date is not until 9th July and the Welsh Assembly is, in the meantime, asking some business sectors to take steps to prepare for a further easing of the regulations.
It was also announced that, the next three weeks, there will be detailed discussions between the Welsh Government and the tourism industry about the options and potential phases for opening other parts of the hospitality sector including pubs, cafes, restaurants – under social distancing and other measures.