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

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STOP-PRESS - VIRUS NEWS CHRISTMAS 2021

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17/12/21

In accordance with the below we will be open as planned and will welcome customers with metaphorical open arms.

  • We would like you to use the Covid App, we would like to see you sanitise your hands and we would like you to take a Lateral Flow test before you arrive this of course is for your own safety although none of the above is a legal requirement it's recommended.
  • Our staff will be wearing masks or be behind screens.
  • We want you to be safe and we want you to enjoy yourselves.

Above all have a very Merry Xmas.
Michael and the rest of the Castle Team.

First published:
16 December 2021

The Welsh Government is issuing strong guidance to support people across Wales through the Christmas period.
Wales will then introduce new restrictions, including for businesses and services – from 27 December. This will include a 2m rule on social distancing in offices and putting extra measures in place to protect customers and staff, such as one-way systems and physical barriers.
Nightclubs will also close. These tougher restrictions are needed to help control the spread of omicron.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said:
   Delta will continue to be the main cause of coronavirus infections in Wales up to Christmas. But we are seeing cases of omicron increasing rapidly every day in Wales – and across the UK.
   “We need a plan to keep us safe this Christmas and we need stronger measures to protect us afterwards, as we prepare for a large wave of omicron infections.
   “Omicron poses a new threat to our health and safety. It is the most serious development in the pandemic to date.
   “It is one we must take seriously. We will continue to put in place proportionate measures to protect people’s lives and livelihoods.
   “This is a virus which thrives on human contact. Every contact we have is an opportunity for us to spread or catch the virus.”  
The First Minister will today urge everyone to follow five simple steps for a safer Christmas, as he says the more people we see in the run-up to Christmas, the more opportunities the virus has to spread.

Reducing our contact with others, especially if we are seeing older people or more vulnerable people over Christmas, will help to protect them from the virus.
To stay safe in the run up to Christmas, the Welsh Government is strongly advising everyone to follow these five measures to stay safe:

  • Get vaccinated – and if you’ve had your booster appointment, please make attending your priority.
  • If you’re going out, going Christmas shopping or visiting people – flow before you go. Take a lateral flow test. If it’s positive – don’t go out.
  • Meeting outdoors is better than indoors. If you’re meeting indoors make sure it’s well ventilated.
  • Space out your socialising – if you’ve got events arranged, please leave at least a day between them.
  • And don’t forget about social distancing, wearing a face covering and washing your hands.


The regulations will also be changed to include a requirement to work from home wherever possible.

In response to the expected increase in cases caused by omicron immediately after Christmas, we will introduce new restrictions on 27 December to help control its rapid spread and to prevent large numbers of people needing hospital care.
We will draw on elements from the alert level two regime – many of these will be familiar to the public and were used to keep businesses open in a safe way during earlier waves of the pandemic.
For businesses and services, there will be a new set of reasonable measures, which will include a new rule on 2m social distancing. This means that when shops, businesses and workplaces re-open after Christmas, they will need to make some changes to the way they operate, including putting extra measures in place to protect customers and staff, such as one-way systems and physical barriers.
Nightclubs must close from 27 December.
We will have further discussions with sector representatives, our public health advisers and sporting bodies about events over the coming days.    

The Welsh Government has announced up to £60m will be available to support businesses affected by the new restrictions.
The First Minister added:
   This year a smaller Christmas is a safer Christmas. The fewer people we see, the less chance we have of catching or passing on the virus.
   “Please enjoy Christmas with your nearest and dearest – and think about meeting up with wider circles of friends when the threat posed by the omicron variant has passed over.
   “I also want to thank the many thousands of people who will be working this Christmas to keep us safe – especially all those who have cancelled their plans to work in the vaccination centres across Wales to increase our protection against this awful virus.

10 December 2021 13:15

The First Minister is urging everyone to have their COVID-19 booster vaccine as he warned Wales is facing a new wave of infections caused by the Omicron variant.

The First Minister will say, at his regular 21-day review press conference, to be held on Friday (December 10 2021), that even though only a handful of cases of Omicron have so far been confirmed in Wales, we must be prepared for cases to rise quickly and sharply.
Omicron was first identified in South Africa just over two weeks ago. It has quickly spread around the world, including to the UK. There is now widespread community transmission in many parts of England and Scotland.

There are a number of other measures people can take to help protect themselves from coronavirus, including the new Omicron variant.
The First Minister will ask people to take regular lateral flow tests before going out and to wear face coverings in all public places to help protect people in the lead up to Christmas.

Wales will remain at alert level zero after the latest review of the COVID regulations.

However, with the spread of the Omicron variant, the Welsh Government is strongly advising:

  • People flow before they go. This means taking a lateral flow test before going out – whether that’s to a Christmas party; Christmas shopping; visiting friends or family; going to any crowded or busy place or before travelling.
  • If the test is positive, don’t go out. Arrange for a PCR test and self-isolate.
  • People to wear face coverings in pubs and restaurants, when they aren’t eating or drinking. Everyone must wear face coverings in most other indoor public places, in accordance with the law, including in cinemas and theatres.

The four things you can do to keep Wales safe
The First Minister outlined what people can do to help.
He said:
  • Take a lateral flow test before going out – whether that’s to a Christmas party; Christmas shopping; visiting friends or family; going to any crowded or busy place or before travelling. If it’s positive, don’t go out. Arrange for a PCR test and self-isolate.
  • Students preparing to leave college and university for Christmas should test before travel.
  • Everyone should wear face coverings in pubs and restaurants, when they aren’t eating or drinking and in most other indoor public places, in line with the law, including in cinemas and theatres.
  • Wherever you can, you should work from home.


Therefore, at Craig Y Nos Castle we have to decipher these rules and how they would affect our customers both attending the Castle for Weddings – including those who are staying the night before there wedding, those attending for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast and those who are spending time with us over Christmas.

As follows the below will come into place from Saturday 11th December.

Weddings – Single Night or VIP Wedding Packages over 2 days
  • Face coverings are no longer required in wedding, civil partnership or alternative wedding ceremonies – however, as there is a requirement to wear Face Coverings now in Cinemas and Theatres we strongly suggest customers wear them, not least bring them to the Castle – this, so if the Registrar states that you have to, then you will have them available.
  • If you are checking in to the Castle the night prior to a wedding, we request that you wear a face covering whilst checking in and in any setting that is not primarily for serving food – this means we will not ask you to wear a mask in the Function room, The bar or the Conservatory – if you are in our Nicolini Lounge or Breakfast Lounge you will be required to wear a mask unless you are eating or drinking, for the duration of the day prior or after the Wedding Day itself.
  • However, for the duration of the Wedding Day and Evening Celebration, as you will generally be eating and drinking you will not have to wear a mask, although, the suggestion is that you do, for your own safety.
  • Hand Sanitisation should also be carried out.

What is the legal requirement?
  • Face coverings must be worn in all indoor public places, and public transport, including taxis.
  • You do not have to wear face coverings in places where food and drink is served, such as pubs, cafes and restaurants, whilst eating or drinking.
  • You do not have to wear face coverings in wedding, civil partnership or alternative wedding ceremonies.
  • Where food or drink is consumed in part of a premises, like a department store cafe, or hotel restaurant, you have to wear face coverings on the premises except in the area set aside for eating and drinking.

Dinner Bed and Breakfast and Guests staying the night before a Weddin(excluding a 2 day VIP)
  • Any guest checking in to the Castle will be required to wear a face covering.
  • We request that you wear a face covering in any setting that is not primarily for serving food – this means we will not ask you to wear a mask in the Function room, whilst dining or in the bar or the Conservatory – if you are in our Nicolini Lounge or Breakfast Lounge you will be required to wear a mask unless you are eating or drinking.

What is the legal requirement?
  • Face coverings must be worn in all indoor public places, and public transport, including taxis.
  • You do not have to wear face coverings in places where food and drink is served, such as pubs, cafes and restaurants, whilst eating or drinking.
  • Where food or drink is consumed in part of a premises, like a department store cafe, or hotel restaurant, you have to wear face coverings on the premises except in the area set aside for eating and drinking.

Christmas Celebrations

  • Any guest checking in to the Castle will be required to wear a face covering.
  • We request that you wear a face covering in any setting that is not primarily for serving food – this means we will not ask you to wear a mask in the Function room, whilst dining or in the bar or the Conservatory – if you are in our Nicolini Lounge or Breakfast Lounge you will be required to wear a mask unless you are eating or drinking.

What is the legal requirement??
  • Face coverings must be worn in all indoor public places, and public transport, including taxis.
  • You do not have to wear face coverings in places where food and drink is served, such as pubs, cafes and restaurants, whilst eating or drinking.
  • Where food or drink is consumed in part of a premises, like a department store cafe, or hotel restaurant, you have to wear face coverings on the premises except in the area set aside for eating and drinking.


It would be appreciated of course that you taken a lateral flow test before coming to the Castle – If it’s positive, please do not travel. Arrange for a PCR test and self-isolate.

The Welsh Government announced that they will know more about how much Omicron has come into Wales, and then we will make another set of decisions when we know the situation we are facing in a week's time – therefore the above rules are subject to change.

We as a business think that following these guidelines will allow you to enjoy Weddings and Christmas Celebrations.

  • All of our Front of House and Wedding Team will be wearing masks especially when dealing with the public – this also means guests to the Castle for Wedding Viewings must wear masks as must any suppliers. Unless they are in the confines of our Reception, behind a screen or at the bar behind the screen.
  • All other staff including our Housekeeping and Maintenance & Building Team will also be required to wear masks.
  • Office staff that are able to work from home, should work from home.

Michael Ludwig
Business Systems and Procedures Manager

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