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Outdoor attractions in Wales able to open from Monday if 'five-mile rule' is lifted


Outdoor tourist attractions will be allowed to reopen on Monday 6th July if the stay local rule is lifted by the Welsh Government.

The news of the timetable and possible partial reopening of Wales' tourism industry was announced by the Minister for International Relations and Welsh Language Eluned Morgan at today's Welsh Government Coronavirus press briefing.

The date that owners of self-contained accommodation can accept bookings has been brought forward from the 13th of July to the 11th, to help with Saturday-to-Saturday bookings.

Guidance and advice for businesses in Wales’ tourism sector has been published this week and the Welsh Government say further guidance for cafes, bars and pubs will follow.

The move is subject to the upcoming review of Coronavirus restrictions on the 9th of July, and will depend on whether rates of Coronavirus are continuing to fall.

Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language Eluned Morgan said:

“Tourism is a vital part of the Welsh economy at a national, regional and local level. I’d like to thank all our industry partners for working with us to carefully reopen the visitor economy.

“A successful, safe and phased return will give businesses, communities and visitors confidence to continue with the recovery of the visitor economy.

“We ask everyone who travels to and around Wales to enjoy their time here, but always to respect local communities. We are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to Wales – but we want everyone to Visit Wales Safely.”

Mrs Morgan also announced that pubs, bars and restaurants will be allowed to open outdoors from the 13th of July.

But, indoor areas at hospitality venues will have to remain closed for now, despite ongoing pressure from those in the industry and opposition parties.

Here's the full timetable set out by the Welsh Government today:

6th July - Lifting of requirement to stay local will mean people are able to travel around Wales and will allow outdoor visitor attractions to open, subject to strict social distancing and hand hygiene guidelines remaining in place.

11th July - Bookings can be made for stays after 11 July, but this is at people’s risk and they should check with the accommodation provider before they book.

This includes any accommodation that is entirely self-contained, for example, holiday cottages, holiday caravans including modern touring caravans and motorhomes and some glamping accommodation with their own kitchens and bathrooms that no other guests use.

Also in this category:

  1. Hotels and other serviced accommodation (B&Bs, hostels etc) which provide en-suite rooms and can provide room service meals.
  2. Caravan parks where accommodation is entirely self-contained – but shared facilities on the premises will remain closed, such as swimming pools, leisure facilities, shared shower and toilets blocks, shared laundry and public areas in other accommodation types. This means any caravan or touring site where individual accommodation has its own supply of water for on board shower, WC and cooking with strict application of guidance on shared waste disposal and water points.
  3. All shared facilities, aside from water and disposal points, should remain closed including toilets, shower blocks, laundry, restaurants, nightclubs, bars, cafes, etc. 

13th July - Hospitality sector, bars, restaurants and cafes with outdoor spaces forming part of premises owned by the business and subject to existing licenses

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