Wales may open in time for Easter, hints Drakeford

Mark Drakeford contemplating Wales Easter reopening
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The Welsh government has confirmed that it is contemplating reopening its economy in time for the Easter holiday.


In an interview with BBC Breakfast earlier this week, the country’s first minister Mark Drakeford didn’t rule out an opening date in time for Easter, but said that such a scenario would be reliant on prevailing circumstances with respect to the virus.

“Here in Wales, numbers of people infected with coronavirus continue to go down,” he said. “If that can be sustained over the weeks to come, then we can see a pathway into the spring in which we will be able to restore freedoms to people that they have had to go without in this second wave.”

“It is all very much caveated that the current progress that is being made can continue and it is lifted in a careful and cautious way,” he continued.

“But Easter is amongst the dates we are using in our conversations with businesses and people in Wales.” But the Federation of Small Businesses has demanded greater clarity from Drakeford as to when Welsh leisure business- owners might reasonably expect to resume trading.

“In 2020, tourism firms in Wales found that their opportunities for trading profitably were decimated in many cases,” said FSB Wales Policy Chair Ben Francis. “We’re calling for the first minister to work with tourism businesses to give them some kind of route out of lockdown.”

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