Rules relaxed for meeting people in pubs, Welsh Gov announces
The rules are being relaxed around meeting people in pubs, the Welsh Government has announced.
It has been confirmed up to six people from six different households will be able to meet in indoor regulated settings, such as cafes and pubs, when they open from May 17.
First Minister Mark Drakeford also announced that businesses in Wales still affected by coronavirus restrictions will be able to claim up to £25,000 more in support to help meet ongoing costs.
This latest support package will help those businesses, which remain affected by restrictions, to meet ongoing costs through to the end of June as they prepare for re-opening and more normal trading conditions.
Businesses that stand to benefit include:
- Nightclubs and late entertainment venues
- Events and conference venues not covered by the Welsh Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund (CRF)
- Hospitality and leisure businesses, including restaurants, pubs and cafes.
- Supply chain business, which have been materially impacted by restrictions.
The support is the first phase of a £200m package earmarked for the incoming Welsh Government to help businesses affected by the pandemic.
Ministers have made an immediate decision to release funding to support businesses affected by the restrictions but there will be further decisions for the incoming Welsh Government to make about further support, to help businesses recover and develop when restrictions are relaxed further.
First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “The public health situation continues to improve in Wales – we have the lowest coronavirus rates and the best vaccination rates in the UK.
“We know the restrictions have helped to keep us all safe but they have had a big impact on Welsh businesses, which is why we are making more funding available to support firms and safeguard jobs.
“Eligible businesses will receive support of up to £25k as they prepare to reopen and move towards more normal trading conditions.
“My new government will provide more detail about the extra financial support we will be providing to businesses to help them develop and grow as Wales recovers from the impact of the pandemic.
“As we continue to relax the restrictions, I can confirm that from Monday, up to six people from six different households will be able to meet indoors in regulated settings, such as cafes and pubs.”