Pubs, bars and restaurants open outdoor areas

Monday 26th April 2021 7:52 am
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Pubs, bars and restaurants in Wales can reopen outdoor areas from today.

Outdoor attractions such as theme parks and funfairs, organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people, and outdoor wedding receptions are also allowed after Welsh Government revised its dates for when key sectors could reopen in Wales.

Welsh Government has also proposed further changes for hospitality and hope that, from Monday, 17 May, bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes, all tourist accommodation and indoor entertainment and attractions will be able to open indoors.

On Saturday (24 April), the rule of six allowed for up to six people from six households to meet outdoors, not including children under 11 years of age or carers from those households.

Wales has the lowest coronavirus rates of the UK nations. The successful vaccine programme continues with a higher proportion of people vaccinated in Wales than other UK nations for both first and second doses.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “The sacrifices we have made continue to show results.

“By us all working together and sticking to the rules, combined with our vaccination programme, mean we continue to make progress. Rates of the virus continue to fall and the public health situation is improving.

“Due to these efforts we are able confirm more easing of the restrictions from 26 April and for early May we are again able to bring forward some of our plans.

“However, this progress is dependent on all of us continuing to work together to keep Wales safe.

“At the last three-week review, I set out a forward-look of how the restrictions could continue to be lifted in the weeks ahead, if the public health situation remains stable.

“It will be for the incoming Welsh Government to confirm these arrangements at the next three-week review, which will be held on 13 May – a week after the election.

“It is my assessment that the hospitality sector – bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes – will be able to open indoors from 17 May, together with all other tourist accommodation, indoor entertainment and attractions.”

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