STOP-PRESS - VIRUS NEWS APRIL 2021 - Craig Y Nos Castle (Weddings, Accommodation and Ghost Tours) in Wales

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The First Minister has now also suggested that indoor hospitality should be able to reopen from May 17, as it will in England. But any decisions coming into force after May 6 are dependant on who is in government as the election takes place on that day.

Hospitality re-opening outdoors in Wales
23 April 2021

Welsh Government have announced that six people will be able to meet outdoors in Wales from Saturday 24 April 2021 while outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26 April 2021.

On Monday 26 April 2021:
  • Outdoor attractions, including funfairs and theme parks, will reopen.
  • Outdoor hospitality can resume, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants. Indoor hospitality will remain closed except for takeaways.
  • Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people can again take place (previously Monday 3 May).
  • Weddings receptions can take place outdoors for up to 30 people (previously Monday 3 May)

Further changes to the coronavirus restrictions have been announced by the First Minister Mark Drakeford:

Changes from Monday 3 May:

  • Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities being able to reopen
  • People will also again be able to form extended households with one other household.
  • Relaxations planned for 17 May will be brought forward to the 3 May, including:
  • The resumption of indoor supervised activities for children
  • Indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults (such as exercise classes and swimming lessons)
  • And the re-opening of community centres.

First Minister said:

"It will be for the incoming Welsh Government to confirm these arrangements at the next three-week review, which will be held on May 13 – a week after the election. It is my assessment that the hospitality sector – bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes – will be able to open indoors from May 17, together with all other tourist accommodation, indoor entertainment and attractions".

For further information please visit GOV.Wales.

Welsh Government have updated their guidance for the re-opening of hospitality (pubs, cafes, restaurants and licensed venues) outdoors, take a look at the UK Hospitality Guidance For Hospitality in Wales for information on COVID-19 secure advice and risk assessments for hospitality businesses.

On this basis logically in layman's terms:

From Monday April 26:

Wedding receptions, and funerals and wakes, can be held outdoors at regulated premises for up to 30 people.


From May 17th:

All other tourist accommodation, indoor entertainment and attractions
"At the same time, I anticipate that we will also be able to increase the number of people who can attend organised activities, including wedding receptions, to 30 indoors and 50 outdoors, from the same date."


Hopefully by June, numbers indoor may also be increased too.

On Tuesday next week, we will also be establishing some Special Offer Dates where we can offer Dinner Bed and Breakfast and possibly Ghost Tours - however all these will ONLY be on certain pre arranged dates.

Further updates can also be found here



How will cafés, restaurants, pubs and bars operate safely outdoors?

If the public health conditions permit, outdoor hospitality will be able to reopen from 26 April. Venues are required to take all reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus. For example:
  • customers will be encouraged to pre-book with details of all members of the group.
  • contact details will be required for contact tracing purposes
  • entry to the premises will be controlled
  • licenced premises, such as pubs, will be providing table service only
  • all food and drink should be consumed at tables
  • physical distancing measures will be applied, such as tables being spaced out
  • face coverings must be worn other than when seated to eat or drink

When utilising outdoor spaces, hospitality venues are required to ensure that the use of physical coverings, awnings, gazebos, marquees and similar structures are implemented in a way that is aligned with current public health advice. Generally this means that structures with a roof or ceiling must be open-sided (at least 3 sides or more than 51% open).

As further relaxation on 23rd is announced, the following may be changed

The planned opening date for organised outdoor activities and outdoor wedding receptions will be moved forward to Monday 26 April from 3 May.

What are the rules on holding receptions and other celebrations?

Wedding and civil partnership receptions are not currently allowed. (This is due to expire we believe on 26th April, in accordance with the below) Celebrations or social gatherings associated with other life events, such as for bar mitzvahs or baptisms are also not currently allowed.

If the public health conditions permit, outdoor wedding receptions and celebrations for other life events will be permitted for up to 30 people (not including children aged under 11 or carers). Outdoor wedding receptions must take place in regulated premises and must follow the rules in place for hospitality settings. Outdoor wedding receptions must not take place in the gardens or grounds of private homes.


The situation with coronavirus cases is better than expected in Wales, so some things will happen sooner than anticipated

This is what's now confirmed ahead of the next Welsh Government review:

From April 12:

  • Schools can fully re-open to all pupils following the Easter break while all post-16 learners will return to further education and training centres and university campuses will be able to open for blended face-to-face and online learning for all students
  • All remaining non-essential shops can re-open
  • Close contact services like massage therapists and tattooists can open again and this includes mobile services
  • Travel into and out of Wales from the United Kingdom and Common Travel area (the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and the Republic of Ireland) is once again permitted but travel to any other country requires a reasonable excuse, such as work or compassionate grounds
  • Viewings at wedding venues can resume by appointment
  • Outdoor canvassing for elections can begin
  • Driving lessons can resume

From April 26:

  • Outdoor attractions, including funfairs and theme parks, will be allowed to re-open
  • Hospitality can resume outdoor service including at cafes, pubs, and restaurants but indoor hospitality will remain restricted
  • Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people can take place
  • Wedding receptions can take place outdoors but will also be limited to 30 people

From May 3:

  • Gyms, leisure centres, and fitness facilities can re-open. This will include individual or one-to-one training but not exercise classes
  • Extended households will again allow two households to meet and have contact indoors

In real terms it still only means we can serve drinks outside at a Ceremony From April 26th but it does mean that we can advise customers there is some movement and potentially earlier movement may lead to a quicker relaxation of regulations, which may well be confirmed on April 23rd or sooner.

With regards to outdoor weddings this has been brought forward to 26thr April for 30 only but I have also read and am awaiting confirmation as it was in England, but any "outdoor structure must be have 50% openings" as someone attempted to make an outdoor bar area, with TV, pool table and bar but whilst it was within planning permissions it fell foul of Covid guidelines.

Wales specifically:

Licensees are directed to updated Guidance in order that they ensure that their premises are safe for staff and members of the public.

The latest guidance is available via
The UK Hospitality Guidance provides advice in relation to conducting Risk Assessments prior to re-opening. This is available via
Some of the key points in the guidance are summarised below has been produced by the Welsh Government, in consultation with the hospitality sector, regarding businesses in Wales resuming full service (indoors and outdoors)

When utilising outdoor spaces, the use of physical coverings, awnings, gazebos or marquees should be delivered in such a way so as to ensure that they are aligned with current medical advice. The effects of sunlight, wind direction and intensity, social distance and effective handwashing should all be considered. Specifically, they should be open on 3 or 4 sides so as to be considered and treated as an external environment. It is imperative that if marquees are to be adopted for use they need to be effectively used and policed so as not to allow for an excessive confined congregation which would not accommodate effective social distancing

Pre-booking is recommended. Walk-ups allowed subject to provision of names and contact details and social/physical distancing.

Ensure customers provide lead names and contact details to facilitate Test Trace Protect

Set a maximum capacity for the premises and put in place measures for communicating and managing the maximum capacity set - for example, by setting dwell times.

Implement one way systems, where the building allows. Outside queues should be managed to ensure they do not cause a risk to individuals, other businesses or additional security risks, for example by introducing queuing systems.

Table service only, where reasonable and practicable.  Standing consumption is only allowed at tall tables.  

Deploy fixed teams of staff on each shift to reduce interactivity between team members.

Set a maximum staff number, or space per staff member, in kitchens to allow for social distancing whilst taking into account the cramped nature of many kitchens. Encourage new ways of working, adapting shift patterns and menus to significantly reduce the number of people working in kitchens at any one time

Designate a named member or members of staff (depending on number of covers) during all opening hours to monitor Covid-19 hygiene and enforcement of social distancing/safety protocols – acting as ‘Covid Secure Monitors’.This is an important role in ensuring a Covid secure environment and you should ensure that priority is given to this role and that a responsible member of staff is in place for each shift.

Employers should appoint and engage with a staff representative, and trade union representative wherever possible, for all employee related Covid 19 issues.

Venues should not permit live performances, including drama, comedy and music, to take place in front of a live audience until further easing of restrictions. This is important to mitigate the risks of droplets and aerosol transmission - from either the performer(s) or their audience. There is also some ambiguity in this, as relaxation allows for outdoor music to be played when not charged for and incidental to the reason of attendance – therefore during the day, it is quite feasible that you have background and/or ambient music yet in the evening there is no allowance for a disco -although, if you have a buffet and the disco is incidental, you could in theory get around this rule.
This may though be confirmed all on 23rd April at the next review, not least my main reason for advising of the minimal bringing forward (which in theory only allows more Outdoor Weddings for the whole of May and not just as previously announce the latter part of May) is such that it may mean that “full indoor hospitality is confirmed a week or so earlier and/ or numbers may then be greater.


Is a Marquee an outside space?

With the ever changing rules and regulations around Covid-19 the latest question we find posed is whether a marquee can be considered an outside space.

What is an outside space is found in The Health Act 2006.  This provides that a premises is enclosed if it has a ceiling or roof and except for doors, windows and passageways are wholly enclosed either permanently or temporarily.  The legislation goes onto say that a structure is substantially enclosed if 50% or more of the walls are covered or closed.  A marquee therefore, even if it is temporary, can only be considered to be outside space if over 50% of the sides have been removed.  Furthermore, this does not take into account openings which are there for doors, windows, or other fittings which can be opened or shut.

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However, when I read the story on the telly, it was without images – clearly this indicates it is not a marquee.

Therefore, this is more indicative as to what is not allowed and why and can be used merely as reference.

Shouldn't be any more updates on this now although what is concerning is that the actual regulations for Alert Level 3 appears to remain offline (or at least not updated) and the only confirmation of the above is

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