A Plaid Cymru Senedd Member is calling on the Welsh government to take “swift and decisive action” to support the struggling hospitality sector over the Christmas period.
This comes as the First Minister announces new restrictions for businesses and services from 27 December amid growing fears of the omicron variant.
The new restrictions will include a two-metre 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 be told to close.
Some hospitality businesses are already feeling the squeeze as festive parties are cancelled in their thousands as people stay away to not risk a covid Christmas day.
Mabon ap Gwynfor, Senedd Member for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, wants to see more done to support struggling businesses.
“For many businesses in the hospitality sector, like restaurants, bars and breweries, the Christmas season is the most important time of the year. It will come as a shock for many businesses to be told restrictions will return this festive period.
“The impact of omicron is already being felt by businesses throughout the hospitality industry with rising cases resulting in cancellations and staff shortages. This could not come at a worse time for the hospitality sector. The Welsh government must take swift and decisive action to support struggling businesses.
“If the Welsh government acts right away it would give businesses some certainty, it would safeguard local jobs, and support the public health effort.”
After Christmas, on 27 December new legal restrictions will come into force, to help protect against the spread of the omicron variant.