Hotels in Wales are permitted to reopen their indoor spaces from today, the Welsh government has announced.
Businesses were gearing up to start trading again over the weekend, with many publishing details of the preparation work that was being undertaken on social media.
On Twitter, Pale Hall said that all 39 members of staff who went into lockdown with the hotel were back off furlough on Monday, while head chef Gareth Stephenson said the team was ‘perfecting and tweaking the next menus’ saying he ‘can’t wait’ to cook for guests again.
The Grove of Narberth has transformed its grounds and front terrace during the lockdown and added a new nature pond and lakeside bar to its offering.
Commenting on the reopening news, UKHospitality executive director for Wales, David Chapman said: “This is a welcome and really positive step forward for Welsh hospitality businesses which have been hit very hard by this crisis. Our sector plays a big part in local economies all around Wales, so getting the sector back up and running is going to be crucial.
“We do now need further clarity for those parts of the sector that cannot open, such as function and event centres, and weddings venues. Following a Ministerial meeting on Friday, we will be meeting with Welsh Government on Monday to seek to drive forward a route map for reopening these key areas so businesses can have some sense of security.”
First Minister Mark Drakeford announced in July that self-contained holiday accommodation would be allowed to reopen from July 11, with pubs and restaurants able to trade again outdoors as part of the phased recovery plan for the hospitality sector.
Many hotels reopened on this date, providing room service and outdoor F&B spaces only.
The two-metre rule remains, however for businesses where social distancing is crucial to revenues, venues will be permitted to operate at less than two metres with mitigations.
Regulations will require businesses to put in place a set of additional measures to minimise the risk of the virus spreading, including taking reasonable steps to minimise close face-to-face contact and maintain hygiene.