Working towards a safe welcome back to Wales

We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors back to Wales and are working with business owners to ensure the return of tourism is safe for staff, community and visitors alike.

Read more about a safe return to tourism in Wales.

As lockdown restrictions are gradually relaxed, we all need to take steps to protect ourselves, our families and our communities if we are to successfully limit the spread of the disease. Contact tracing plays an important role in helping us resume day-to-day activities and is an important part of our Test, Trace, Protect strategywhich will help us live and work alongside the virus while research continues to find more effective treatments and a vaccine. Find out more about the Test, Trace, Protect process.

The current proposals in place as at 2 July, which are subject to change, envisage re-opening the visitor economy as follows:

  • From 6 July, lifting of current requirement to stay local will mean people are able to travel around Wales and will allow outdoor visitor attractions to open again. Preparations have begun to reopen indoor attractions and indoor elements of outdoor attractions from 13 July. Strict social distancing and hand hygiene will need to be maintained at all attractions.
  • Preparations have begun to reopen self-contained holiday accommodation from 11 July and the hospitality sector from 13 July, including bars, restaurants and cafes with outdoor spaces forming part of premises owned by the business and subject to existing licenses.

Will attractions definitively be open?

Before travelling please check the attraction is open and ready to welcome you by checking their social media channels, website, or by calling or emailing them directly.

Can I make accommodation bookings and reservations?

Bookings can be made now for stays in self-contained holiday accommodation after 11 July, but this is at people’s own risk and they should check with the accommodation provider before they book.

What do you mean by self-contained holiday accommodation?

This includes any accommodation that is entirely self-contained, e.g. holiday cottages, holiday caravans including modern touring caravans and motorhomes and some glamping accommodation with their own kitchens and bathrooms that no other guests use.

Also in this category:

  • Hotels and other serviced accommodation (e.g. B&Bs, hostels, etc.) that do provide en-suite rooms and can provide room service meals.
  • Caravan parks where accommodation is entirely self-contained – but shared facilities on the premises will remain closed, such as swimming pools, leisure facilities, shared shower and toilets blocks, shared laundry, etc, and public areas in other accommodation types.  This means any caravan or touring site where individual accommodation has its own supply of water for on board shower, WC and cooking with strict application of guidance on shared waste disposal and water points.

All shared facilities, aside from water and disposal points, should remain closed including toilets, shower blocks, laundry, restaurants, nightclubs, bars, cafes, etc. 

Key dates:

  • Now:
    • bookings can be made for stays in self-contained holiday accommodation after 11 July.
  • 6 July:
    • lifting of current the requirement to stay local will mean people are able to travel around Wales.
  • 9 July:
    • next review of the regulations, to include options for reopening self-contained holiday accommodation.
  • 11 July:
    • reopening self-contained holiday accommodation.
  • 13 July:
    • reopening hospitality sector, bars, restaurants and cafes with outdoor spaces forming part of premises owned by the business and subject to existing licenses;
    • reopening outdoor attractions.
  • To be confirmed:
    • camping and caravanning.

Further information

Please refer to the following links for further information on specific areas relating to COVID-19.

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