Wales Update 19/12/20 - Wales into Lockdown from 00.01 - HOSPITALITY EFFECTIVELY CLOSED
Higher-Level Restrictions Announced For Wales – Today, the First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed the current conditions mean Wales has met the criteria in the new traffic-light Coronavirus Control Plan to move to alert level four. The new higher-level restrictions will come into force to control rapidly accelerating coronavirus rates across Wales. The new restrictions will apply to all of Wales and include:
All non-essential retail, including close contact services and all leisure and fitness centres will close at the end of trading on Christmas Eve, 24 December.
All hospitality, including pubs and restaurants, will close from 6pm on Christmas Day.
Tighter restrictions on household mixing, staying-at-home, holiday accommodation and travel will apply from 28 December, after the five-day Christmas period.
The tighter restrictions includes people only being able to meet as two households plus an additional single person household in Wales over the festive period.
This new set of “level 4” restrictions will apply to the whole of Wales.
This was subsequently brought forward on 19/12/20 at 17.00 to start from 00.01 on 20/12/20 and can be be read here
The rules for level four
This is exactly what we can expect when Wales goes into level four after Christmas:
Stay at home unless reasonable excuse
No household bubbles except people living alone are allowed to join another family in an extended household
No organised activities except volunteering
Non essential retail closed but click and collect allowed
All pub and restaurants closed (except takeaway)
All gyms and leisure facilities closed
Holiday accommodation shut
Golf, tennis, outdoor sports pitches closed
Places of worship open
Playgrounds and parks open
All schools, childcare and universities open
Only two households should meet at Christmas
More information can be found at these links:
Sadly this then means that:
- We are closed.
- We work from home if we can
- No Wedding Receptions
- No accommodation
- No Wedding Ceremonies.
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Ever changing limits on who can meet, how many can attend events, social distancing and numerous restrictions have made planning a large wedding and 'party' impossible for 2020. While recent news of a breakthrough on a COVID vaccine has led to hope for a return to some form of normality by Summer 2021, we anticipate restrictions on numbers allowed will continue for a while. Recently imposed new Lockdowns coupled with the reality any vaccine will take a few months to 'roll out', indicate much of 2021 will also suffer restrictions.
Local Lockdowns in England and Wales and travel restrictions between areas may continue into Spring and Summer 2021, putting paid even to 'smaller' wedding bookings until late Summer 2021. Continuing restrictions on what is allowed, including closure of bar early, no evening dancing & party etc, table service for drinks, wearing of face masks etc, mean weddings for much of 2021 will not retun to normal. But with a vaccine in play, for 2022 onwards it looks as if large weddings can now book with more confidence.
We offer free postponement or a switch to a Ceremony Only wedding or a smaller wedding if needed - you then have the full event later. We advise weddings booked up to END OF JUNE 2021 to now pencil in forward dates, with a view to moving their date forward, ahead of any further ‘restrictions period'.
Larger weddings should book for 2022 to avoid the risk of further postponements. Smaller Wedding Package Bookings are accepted for 2021 subject to ongoing rules. As larger weddings require more certainty in their planning, for much above 50-60 guests, our current advice is to book into 2022 and 2023. Viewings can still be booked but during lockdowns your show-around will be done 'remotely'.