COVID Pass for events and nightclubs announced

The requirement to show an NHS COVID Pass will come into force from 11 October. It will mean all over-18s will need to have a NHS COVID Pass to enter: NightclubsIndoor, non-seated events for more than 500 people, such as concerts or conventionsOutdoor non-seated events for more than 4,000 peopleAny setting or event with more than 10,000 people in attendance People who are fully vaccinated in Wales can already download the NHS COVID Pass to securely show and share their vaccine status. It also allows people to show they have had a negative lateral flow test result within the last 48 hours.

The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) launches “Shape of Events” Report

The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP), the umbrella body and advocacy group representing the UK events sector, has today published its Shape of Events Report.The report was sponsored by brand communications agency davies tanner, and contains several headline findings, including: Overall event activity was down 95% across the UK during the past 12 monthsThe BVEP estimates the UK events industry lost £57 billion of value from the pre-pandemic level of £70 billion17% of event and exhibition businesses permanently ceased trading during 2020126,000 jobs were lost during the same period However, the BVEP finds that the pandemic has also been a catalyst for change and innovation across the entire events […]

Update on universal guidance and Action Cards

Please be advised that a series of ACTION CARDS have been published.  These are quick summary guides to support various sectors and align to the universal guidance that is also published. Main Action Card “Homepage”:  ENG: and CYM: They include: 1.     Retail premises 2.     Hospitality venues, 3.     Events 4.     Close Contact services, 5.     Places of Worship 6.     Tourism businesses such as accommodation, visitor attractions etc 7.     Nightclubs music venues and adult entertainment venues Events: ENG: and CYM: A reminder that the Core Universal Guidance which was published when Wales went into Alert Level Zero on Saturday 7th August 2021 is listed as below. These are all bilingual and printable. ·       Core Universal Guidance for Public: ·       Core Universal Guidance for Businesses, Employers, Organisations, […]

Alert level 0: guidance for employers, businesses and organisations

What businesses, employers, organisations, activity and events organisers in Wales must do at alert level 0. Below is a summary of what this means for Tourism & Hospitality at alert level zero:   All businesses and premises will be able to reopen, including nightclubs.No legal limits on the number of people who can meet, including in private homes, public places or at events.No legal requirement for 2m social distancing, table service or controlled entry and instead these are now some of the reasonable measures that a business should consider.Collecting details for Test, Trace, Protect in all businesses will also no longer be required by law and is instead a reasonable measure that should be considered […]

Wales moves to alert level zero

At alert level zero, all restrictions on meeting with others will be removed and all businesses will be able to open. But some important protections will continue to be in place to give everyone the confidence to enjoy the summer ahead. These include: Everyone must continue to isolate for 10 days if they have Covid-19 symptoms or if they have a positive test result.Face coverings will continue to be required in most indoor public places in Wales, including on public transport, in shops and in healthcare settings. There will be exemptions for people who cannot wear them, as there are currently.All those responsible for premises open to the public and […]

Changes to self-isolation for fully-vaccinated adults

All adults who have been fully-vaccinated will no longer have to self-isolate if they are identified as close contacts of someone with coronavirus from 7 August. Children and young people under 18 will also be exempt from the need to self-isolate if they are also identified as close contacts of a positive case.   But everyone who tests positive for coronavirus or has symptoms must continue to isolate for 10 days, whether they have been vaccinated or not. 

COVID-19 Economic Resilience Fund (ERF) Business Support

APPLICATIONS FOR THE ERF WITH A TURNOVER OF LESS THAN £85K OPENS AT 12 NOON TODAYTHE SCHEME WILL CLOSE AT MIDDAY ON MONDAY 9TH AUGUST. The Welsh Government has announced further emergency support until 31 August 2021 for businesses that remain closed or severely impacted by restrictions shown via a greater than 60% impact on turnover compared to the corresponding timeline in 2019 or equivalent. The grants will help meet operating costs (excluding staff wages) for the period 1 July 2021 to 31 August 2021. The ERF will support businesses that are either: Forced to remain closed or unable to trade by on-going restrictions between 1st July 2021 and 31st […]

Coronavirus impact on hospitality

ONS has published research on the impact of coronavirus on the hospitality sector from January 2020 to the end of May 2021. Some of the key findings from the study are: The sector has been one of the hardest hit with spending still 30% downThere is significant variation within the sector (bars and clubs have been significantly impacted while campsites have fared relatively well)The number of employees remains 11% below Feb 2020 levels590,000 employees remained on furloughed at the end of May 2021Only 14% of pubs and bars and only 15% of licensed restaurants reported that they had “high” confidence that they would survive the next three months. This compares […]