The First Minister for Wales has announced today that, as of this Friday 23 October from 6pm, everyone must stay at home and non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism businesses will close. The closure will end on Monday 9 November. Gatherings indoors and outdoors with people not in a single household will be banned.
All tourism-related travel to and from Wales as well as within Wales is not allowed. More information here.
There will be a business support package to include:
Access to the funds will open in the first week of the lockdown. All business required to close can also access UK government funds.
People can still travel within high alert level areas to guest accommodation e.g. caravan parks, but should only do this with other people in their household or support bubble. People can still go on holiday outside of high alert level areas, but must only do so with other people in their household or support bubble.
Residents of very high alert areas should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK, except if they need to do so for work, education or caring responsibilities and they must not stay with anyone they do not live with elsewhere in the UK.
People are being asked to avoid staying overnight in a very high alert level areas where possible, except for those who need to for work, education or caring responsibilities. Residents from a very high alert level area may travel to hotels and other guest accommodation within that area but should only do so with people in their household or support bubble.
Local COVID alert levels introduced last week have seen the nationwide regulations replaced by ‘Local COVID alert level: medium’. There are some differences which are worth noting for tourism and hospitality businesses:
In Northern Ireland a financial support scheme for businesses subject to the latest restrictions under the Health Protection Regulations has opened for applications.
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