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Hospitality trade set to welcome you back – but please stay careful

CAFES, restaurants, and bars will be able to welcome you back in outdoor areas from this week but the message remains the same: Do your bit to help the community stay safe.

A relaxation of Welsh Government pandemic restrictions means that from today (April 26) (hospitality businesses can serve customers outdoors.

However, with the deadly coronavirus still present, things won’t be back to normal.

Swansea Council head of planning and city regeneration Phil Holmes said:

“Acting irresponsibly or not following the rules could lead to virus rates rising again – so please be responsible and stay safe.”

From today there will still be big differences to pre-pandemic. They include:

Not all hospitality venues are open in and around Swansea; eating and drinking is only allowed outside at tables – no groups; premises are being asked to take customer contact details to help with the Welsh Government Test, Trace, Protect process; 2m social distancing applies and customers are being asked to plan ahead – including checking opening times, pre-booking travel and venues wherever possible, and knowing in advance the taxi ranks.

The council – including its licensing, public health and city centre teams, Swansea BID (Business Improvement District), South Wales Police, businesses, and others are working together on the phased re-opening of the hospitality sector in line with government guidelines.

BID Chief Executive Russell Greenslade said:

“BID area businesses have been working hard behind the scenes to prepare for the careful re-opening of the city centre. This is a crucial chapter and it is important that we all play our part to ensure things run smoothly.”

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