In his address yesterday evening the Wales First Minister made a number of announcements that will impact hospitality businesses, and the broader spread of firms in Swansea City Centre, including cafes, restaurant, casinos and supermarkets.
- All pubs and restaurants must now close from 10pm
- Pubs must operate as table service only
- Supermarkets will have to stop serving alcohol after 10pm
- People are urged to work from home
- People are being asked to avoid unnecessary travel across Wales
- Face coverings must still be worn on public transport, in shops, and in enclosed public spaces
- Wales will follow England in offering £500 payments for people on low incomes who need to self-isolate
The announcement comes as a response to a fresh spike in Covid cases in Wales which has led to four local authority areas – Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport – entering local lockdown measures at 6pm on Tuesday.
Clearly these new restrictions are an indication of just how serious the Coronavirus continues to be in Wales. We would urge people to redouble their efforts to be mindful of the guidance from the Welsh Government regarding washing hands, wearing face coverings and being strict about who they come into contact with in their daily lives.
As a BID we are acutely aware of the impact that further restriction will have upon Swansea City Centre and its businesses. Our business owners and their workforces have been working so very hard to respond to the evolving guidance, and, of course, to keep their customers and clients safe and supplied with essentials during lockdown. We will continue to support them in every way we can in this. It is imperative that we all do our bit to respond to the Coronavirus crisis in a responsible way if we want to see our City Centre re-open fully, and to go on to enjoy a successful future.Tags: covid19, guidelines, hospitality, safety, Welsh Government