Working towards a safe welcome back to Wales

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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 how Wales is adapting to meet the 'Good to Go' tourism standard and ensure 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.

Key dates:

The current proposals at the last review on 31 July, which are subject to change, envisage re-opening the visitor economy as follows:

6 July:  

  • Outdoor visitor attractions re-opened

On 6 July the Welsh Government lifted the requirement to stay local allowing people to travel around Wales and to visit outdoor visitor attractions, subject to strict social distancing and hand hygiene guidelines.

11 July 2020: 

  • Self-contained holiday accommodation re-opened

Self-catering accommodation can only be let to members of the same or extended household. This also includes serviced accommodation where bedroom occupancy can only be let to the same or extended household and not, for example, friends booking a twin bedroom or a family bedroom, etc.

This includes any accommodation that is entirely self-contained, e.g. holiday cottages, holiday caravans including touring caravans, motorhomes, boats 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.

13 July 2020: 

  • Pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants re-opened outdoors,
  • Indoor visitor attractions re-opened.

25 July 2020:

  • Camping and caravanning and other accommodation types (e.g. hostels) with shared facilities (e.g. shared toilets, bathrooms, shower blocks, pot washing, and laundry facilities) re-opening.

    *Shared kitchens - until further guidance has been produced, our advice is to operators with shared kitchen spaces is to close these spaces to groups unless the accommodation is occupied solely by the same or agreed extended household.

3 August 2020:

  • Indoor hospitality (pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants) re-opening.
  • Bowling alleys, bingo halls and auction houses open.

10 August 2020:

  • Indoor play areas, swimming pools, leisure centres, indoor fitness centres and gyms prepare for re-opening. Check back later for more information.

TBC:

  • Events under consideration. Check back later for more information.

Will attractions definitely 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?

Yes! Bookings can be made now for stays in Wales.

Further information

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

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