There will be strict new rules in place for visiting pubs and restaurants in Wales

Only outdoor areas of pubs and restaurants in Wales will be allowed to reopen on 13 July.

The hospitality industry has been given the green light to reopen its doors to customers having been shut for over three months.

First Minister Mark Drakeford hinted last week that the industry would be given an official date this week.

And today, International Relations Minister Eluned Morgan has announced that from Monday 13 July, pubs, restaurants, cafes, and all other hospitality services will be able to reopen their outdoor areas.

This is all subject to the outcome of the next review of the coronavirus regulations on 9 July.

Strict rules in place

The International Relations Minister explained that when these establishments do reopen, they will be very different to what we have grown used to.

There will be strict rules in place to make sure that the safety of customers and staff alike.

As mentioned, you will only be able to drink/eat in an outdoor setting. This means that any pub, restaurant, or cafe that has no outdoor seating will not be able to reopen on the date.

The International Relations Minister also explained that you will have to pre-book, and only table service will be available.

“If we reopen too quickly, we will have to go back into lockdown,” Eluned Morgan said.

“It will be a step by step phased approach.

“We are intensely aware of the number of people who work in the sector.

“We’ve carried out a rapid review for how pubs, bars, cafes, and restaurants can be reopened.

“The first phase will be on 13 July, with the reopening of outdoor spaces, subject to existing licenses.

“Reopening of indoor places will be considered later.”

The two-metre rule will remain in place.

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