RESPONDING to the news that pubs, restaurants and bars will be subject to stricter Covid-19 restrictions in the run up to Christmas Plaid Cymru Shadow Minister for Transport, Helen Mary Jones MS said,
“Making an announcement without making an announcement only creates more uncertainty for an already struggling sector. Any restrictions on hospitality must be met with adequate economic support that doesn’t repeat the chaos of the last phase of the Economic Resilience Fund and that businesses are given enough time to prepare for what is expected of them. It’s crucial we support both lives and livelihoods and that health and economic policy go hand in hand.
“These additional restrictions come as no surprise. The Labour Welsh Government came out of the firebreak too suddenly – we said so at the time. They should have gone for a longer firebreak and chose not to because of economics. It’s now crucial that they ensure mass testing is rolled out in high areas of infection, provide enough economic support for those who have to self-isolate and publish their vaccination plan for Wales.