A very quick update since the Open Letter “COVID-19 restrictions in North Wales – Impact on Tourism, Hospitality, Leisure and Supply Chains” was put together, supported by 160+ North Wales organisations in 24hrs and subsequently sent direct to the First Minister.

We sent out aswell the Open Letter to MPs, Members of the Senedd (MSs), Leaders at all 6 North Wales Local Authorities and UK Government. Additionally a press release was sent out, to raise the profile of the Open Letter – see attached the Letter itself along with some of the coverage (further coverage links also below).

To date we have received supportive responses echoing our call which challenges both Welsh Government policy on the hospitality sector restrictions and the evidential argument on which the restrictions are based for North Wales.

Those who came back to us so far, are:

  • Rt Hon Simon Hart MP, Secretary of State for Wales – UK Government (attached)
  • Mark Isherwood MS
  • Rhun Ap Iorwerth MS
  • James Davies MP
  • Cllr Sam Rowlands – Leader, Conwy County Council
  • Darren Millar MS
  • Cllr Llinos Medi – Leader, Anglesey County Council
  • Sarah Atherton MP
  • Cllr Ian Robers – Leader, Flintshire County Council
  • Cllr Carwyn Jones, Economic Development Portfolio Holder, Anglesey County Council

A response was received from Welsh Government late last week (attached) from Dafydd Elis-Thomas MS – Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism responding to our Open Letter on behalf of the First Minister.

This Welsh Government response does not answer the fundamental requests within the Open Letter e.g. Evidence for imposing restrictions on North Wales and an Information Package accompanying any announcements that are made (that impact business) that includes full business guidance, North Wales evidence for making the decisions and full business support details. We will continue pushing and campaigning to secure the above for North Wales.

Coverage:

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/18913865.north-wales-firms-slam-disproportionate-unjust-covid-restrictions/

http://www.deeside.com/business-leaders-in-north-wales-slam-latest-disproportionate-and-unjust-covid-restrictions/

About Eirlys Jones

Eirlys is the Head of Operations at North Wales Tourism and can be contacted at eirlys.jones@gonorthwales.org.uk or connect with her on LinkedIn you can also follow her on Twitter @EirlysJones5