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Published: 01 December 2020
New coronavirus rules announced
A set of new targeted restrictions in the hospitality and leisure sectors, together with a £340m support package, has been announced by Welsh Government.
The new measures are being introduced as cases of coronavirus accelerate in Wales once again, eroding the gains achieved during the recent firebreak period.
From Friday, pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes will have to close by 6pm and will not be allowed to serve alcohol. After 6pm they will only be able to provide takeaway services.
Indoor entertainment and visitor attractions must also close. These include cinemas, bingo halls, bowling alleys, soft play centres, casinos, skating rinks and amusement arcades.
Indoor visitor attractions, such as museums, galleries and heritage sites will also have to close.
Outdoor visitor attractions will remain open.
The rest of the national measures will remain the same – there will be no changes to household bubbles, how many people can meet in public indoor or outdoor places or restrictions on other businesses.
The restrictions will be reviewed by December 17 and then every three weeks.
The Welsh Government is making a further £340m available through the Economic Resilience Fund to support businesses affected by the new changes to the regulations. It will include a specific fund to support hospitality and tourism businesses.
The new Welsh Government support is split into two funds: a £160m Restrictions Business Fund and a £180m sector-specific Economic Resilience Fund grant scheme.
The Restrictions Business Fund will enable eligible businesses in the hospitality, tourism and leisure sectors which pay non-domestic rates (NDR) to access grants of up to £5,000.
It is estimated around 60,000 businesses, with a rateable value of under £150,000 will receive this support.
Businesses not on the NDR system, will be able to continue to apply to local authorities for the Lockdown Discretionary Grant of up to £2,000.
In addition, hospitality, tourism and leisure businesses will be able to access a sector specific Economic Resilience Fund grant scheme.
Small and medium sized businesses meeting the criteria could receive up to £100k. Larger Welsh-based businesses could receive up to a maximum of £150k.
This part of the package is expected to support up to 8,000 businesses in these sectors and a further 2,000 in the related supply chains.
More information about the funding and how it can be accessed will be published on the Business Wales website in the coming days.