UKH reacts to Wales firebreak lockdown

UKHospitality Cymru has made comment to the news that the Welsh Government is introducing a firebreak lockdown.

Executive Director for Wales, David Chapman said, “Another lockdown, even a short one such as this, is a severe blow to Welsh hospitality and tourism. If it has to happen, though, it is very encouraging to see the First Minister single out hospitality for support.

“The package announced today is welcome, positive and shows that the Welsh Government is listening to us.'

Chapman continued, “It is vital now that we get some further advice on how the Economic Resilience Fund will be applied, how businesses over £51,000 rateable value will be additionally helped and how the support announced by the First Minister is applied without delay to keep businesses alive and avoid further job losses.

'Once the firebreak is complete, we then need to see some really innovative thinking around how Welsh Government continues to support the sector and that must include a second look at current restrictions around opening hours. Hospitality is part of the solution, not the problem, to keeping COVID-19 at bay.'

Chapman finished, 'We can lead on safe socialising, helping make sure people across Wales can meet friends and family safely in a licensed, protected environment.'