First Minister announces new £25,000 support package for Welsh hospitality businesses

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Welsh hospitality businesses will be able to claim up to £25,000 to help hotels, pubs and restaurants prepare for reopening and beyond in new funding announced by First Minister Mark Drakeford.

Drakeford revealed plans for the new support package as he confirmed that indoor hospitality will be able to reopen from Monday, with up to six people from different households able to meet.

He said the funding would “support firms and safeguard jobs”.

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Businesses will be able to claim up to £25,000 to help them through to the end of June as Covid restrictions continue to impact trading.

Supply chain firms, events and conference venues not covered by the Welsh government’s Cultural Recovery Fund (CRF) can also apply for support.

Drakeford said the cash announced was part of a £200m package earmarked for the incoming Welsh government to help businesses affected by the pandemic.

“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,” he said.

“Any and all support is vital and very welcome, a case we have been repeating in discussions with Welsh Government since the last tranche of finance ran out more than a month ago,” David Chapman, UKH Cymru executive director said. “The support rightly recognises the industry’s continued plight but it will need further, extended help to enable employers to protect jobs while sub-viable trading continues under necessary but limiting restrictions.”

When businesses do reopen in Wales, six people from any households will be able to meet, but those who do not live together, or who are not in bubbles, will have to socially distance, with the rule being two metres apart. This number has been increased from original proposals of four people.

“We are delighted that Welsh Government has listened to our member’s strong feedback that six adults per table from different households was vital if they were to start climbing back towards profitability upon reopening,” added Chapman.

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