Mark Drakeford on potential re-opening of Wales tourism sector
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Mark Drakeford, the First Minister of Wales, appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning to talk about the Welsh Government’s easing of COVID-19 restrictions in the country. Coronavirus rules have differed in all UK nations since the start of the pandemic.
Mark Drakeford informed Naga Munchetty and Jon Kay on BBC Breakfast this morning about his plans to ease the lockdown restrictions in Wales.
Currently, Wales is in a national lockdown with the rest of the UK.
However, Mr Drakeford wants to start re-opening a part of the Welsh tourism industry as soon as it is possible to do so.
Tourism is one of Wales’ biggest industries, amounting to around £6.2billion a year to the country’s GDP, or around 13 percent.
The Welsh tourism industry sustains almost 10 percent of total employment in the country, compared to six percent in the UK as a whole.
Mr Drakeford said this morning that he met with the tourism task force in Wales yesterday to discuss possible plans of re-opening the industry.
The First Minister said: “What we will work on with them [the tourism task force] is the possibility – and it is only that – of some limited re-opening around Easter of self-contained accommodation only.
“Places where people don’t mix with other people, where there aren’t shared facilities,” he added.
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Mr Drakeford reminded viewers: “That is how we began the re-opening of tourism in Wales last year.
“If we can bring that forward to Easter – if conditions allow – I know that would be a huge relief to many hundreds and thousand of families on Wales,” he continued.
Mr Drakeford emphasised that the Welsh Government is only beginning to think about the re-opening of the tourism sector.
But he said that he wants “that thinking to start now”.
However, Mr Drakeford noted that the UK’s coronavirus situation is unpredictable and nobody can be sure what the future holds, especially since Easter is weeks away.
“Six weeks is a very long time in the business of dealing with coronavirus, so we will have to make that final assessment much closer to the time,” the First Minister explained.
He added: “Three weeks will be the most notice we will be able to [give the self-catering businesses]. We’re on a three-week cycle here in Wales, as we have been throughout.”
Mr Drakeford said that in three weeks’ time, the Welsh Government will review their regulations again, saying: “There will be another review right at the very end of March.”
Foreign Office minister James Cleverly MP was also on BBC Breakfast this morning and was quizzed by the show’s hosts about the re-opening of English tourism.
However, Mr Cleverly was hesitant about informing people of when they can begin thinking about booking holidays and accommodation within the country, saying: “We cannot give guarantees because that is not how viruses work.”
He added: “It would be wrong for me to start speculating now. We are assessing the numbers, we are making a judgement based on the science, and we will be making an announcement on Monday.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to make a speech on February 22 about England’s “roadmap” out of lockdown.
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