Welsh gov to allow hotels to host weddings

The Welsh government has confirmed that hotels in Wales will be allowed to reopen for wedding ceremonies from 1 March, following a decline in Covid-19 cases across the country.

First Minister Drakeford outlined the plans during a briefing last week (19 February) as part of a scheduled three-week review of lockdown measures.

Drakeford said the law will be changed to allow licensed wedding venues, which includes hotels, to reopen only for the sole purpose of performing wedding or civil partnership ceremonies.

Representatives from the hospitality industry are hoping restaurants, pubs, hotels and venues will be among the first to reopen once lockdown restrictions end.

Drakeford said: “The (hospitality) industry was clear that what they didn’t want was to be left in the dark.

“That’s why I was clear with them: the next six weeks our priority will be children and education, whether it’s possible to open some non-essential retail, whether it’s possible to have a modest reopening of tourism.”

He added: “Hospitality, if we can accomplish that successfully, their turn will come as well.”

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