Stokies who have missed their day trips to Wales may soon be able to revisit – after the country began to lift some lockdown rules today.
First Minister Mark Drakeford unveiled the broad package of changes which included lifting the five-mile rule requesting people ‘stay local’ on July 6 but only if conditions allow.
And that means that people living in the Potteries who are missing their trips to the Welsh coast may soon be able to make their way over to tourist hotspots such as Rhyl and Llandudno.
Wales’ tourism industry, which has been badly hit by the ongoing pandemic, could rescue some of the summer season with a possible re-opening next month if the spread of the virus continues to decline.
If the five-mile rule is lifted on July 6 people will be able to travel to tourist attractions and the Welsh Labour leader said the sector should use the coming weeks to prepare for the possibility of re-opening.
The Welsh Government has said that at its next review on July 9 they will consider whether self-contained holiday accommodation, such as self-catering properties but also en suite B&B and hotel rooms or caravans, can be allowed to re-open, reports WalesOnline.
Mr Drakeford said: “I know the wider tourism industry is keen to reopen and to salvage some of this summer’s season. I am therefore signalling owners of self-contained accommodation should use the next three weeks to prepare to re-open, working with their local communities.
“But I want people to know coronavirus has not gone away. We have some headroom to make this package of changes to the regulations, which will be introduced in a phased and cautious way in Wales.”