Welsh lockdown puts putting nearly 47,000 hospitality jobs at risk

Robyn Black

Robyn Black

19 October 2020

A 17 day ‘firebreak’ lockdown to begin in Wales this Friday will see bars, pubs and restaurants close.

The figure is based on a third of the total 140,000 hospitality jobs in Wales.

The lockdown will begin on Friday 23 October at 6pm and end midnight Monday 9 November. 

Venues will be able to offer takeaways but everyone in Wales is being told to stay at home. All gatherings indoors and outdoors will be banned, with no mixing between households unless in a support bubble.

All non-essential retail, leisure, and tourism businesses must close. Primary schools will re-open after half term for the second week of the lockdown, as will Secondary schools for years seven and eight only.

‘This firebreak is the shortest we can make it but that means it will be sharp and deep in order to have the impact,’ said Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford.

Today (Monday 19 October) the Hospo Demo took place in London, calling on the government for more help as reports show 750,000 jobs in hospitality are at risk across the UK.

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