WALES’ hospitality sector will prepare to re-open outdoors from July 13, International Relations Minister Eluned Morgan today confirmed.

The Minister signalled the first phase of a planned reopening for bars, restaurants and cafes with outdoor spaces following a rapid review of the sector.

A final decision about outdoor re-opening will be made at the next review of the coronavirus regulations on July 9 and will depend on whether rates of coronavirus are continuing to fall.

Future decisions about indoor re-opening will be made later and will depend on the success of the first phase of outdoor opening.

The Minister will today also confirm the timetable for re-opening outdoor visitor attractions and the partial opening of the tourism industry in Wales for the remainder of the summer season.

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International Relations Minister Eluned Morgan

If the requirement to stay local is lifted in Wales on July 6, outdoor visitor attractions will be able to reopen from Monday. And, subject to the forthcoming review of coronavirus regulations on July 9, the tourism sector is preparing to re-open self-contained accommodation.

The Minister will today confirm the date that owners of self-contained accommodation can accept bookings is being brought forward to July 11 from July 13, to help with the pattern of Saturday-to-Saturday bookings.

Eluned Morgan, minister for international relations and the Welsh language, 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.”

Guidance to help businesses in Wales’ visitor economy has been published this week. Further guidance for cafes, bars and pubs will follow.

Visit Wales has also worked with the other national tourism organisations on a UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to provide reassurance as the sector works towards reopening.

The Good To Go industry standard and supporting mark means businesses can demonstrate they are adhering to the respective government and public health guidance; have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and checked they have the required processes in place.

The scheme is free to join and open to all businesses across the industry.

Sean Taylor, founder and president of Zip World is making preparations to open on July 6, and said: “As one of North Wales’s biggest outdoor tourist attractions, there is a huge responsibility in the way we restart our operations.

“We have a strong sense of community and have an important role to play in rebuilding the region's visitor economy all of which has to be managed responsibly and firmly in line with the current government guidelines.

"We have spent the last few months rethinking the logistics of our operations to keep staff, customers and the community safe. To begin with, the reopening will be a staggered approach by only opening two of our three sites initially and six of our adventures.

“This means a reduction in capacity and we have also introduced robust hygiene regimes, clear wayfinding and signage, PPE and the use of tech where possible to reduce consumer touch points. There is now a simple six steps guide for all customers to follow before and during their visit - this includes signing the waiver online pre visit, contactless payments etc."