Coronavirus: Pubs and restaurants in Wales will be able to reopen outdoors from July 13

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It’s been announced, under new Welsh Government plans, that some pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants in Wales will be able to reopen outdoors from July 13 - but indoor services will remain closed for now, despite industry pressure.

As long as coronavirus cases continue to fall venues will be able to open in spaces they own and have licences for. Wales is the only part of the UK without a restart date for indoor hospitality.

According to the BBC, Welsh Government spokesman said the first phase will see the reopening of outdoor spaces owned by businesses, subject to existing licenses, "if conditions continue to be favourable and subject to the outcome of next week's review of the regulations".

Ministers will consider the reopening of "indoor services" later, the spokesman added, "depending on the success of outdoor opening; the ongoing coronavirus situation in Wales and other measures businesses put in place to reduce the risk of transmission, such as pre-booking, table service only, and even the use of apps".

The Wales TUC said it welcomed the decision, adding: "Workers' health and safety is paramount, a worker's health cannot be put above a company's profits."

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Editor 2nd July 2020

Coronavirus: Pubs and restaurants in Wales will be able to reopen outdoors from July 13