News Bulletin: Christmas Bubble Guidance, Coronavirus self-isolation and quarantine reduced, EU Transition Discussion with UK and Welsh Government, virtual Britain & Ireland Marketplace (BIM) 2021

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9 December 2020


Christmas bubble guidance

Christmas bubble guidance is online. It includes items such as:

Staying overnight in holiday accommodation - You can stay in a hotel or other forms of holiday accommodation such as holiday rental accommodation during the Christmas period, but in Wales you can only do this with people you live with (or someone who is with you to provide care for a vulnerable person).

Coronavirus self-isolation and quarantine reduced to ten days in Wales

As of Thursday 10 December, the time people have to self-isolate for coronavirus will be reduced from 14 days to 10 in Wales.

Reducing the isolation period to ten days is endorsed by The Chief Medical Officer for Wales Officer, Dr Frank Atherton and is based on the current available evidence around likelihood of being infectious as a contact after ten days.

Travellers returning from non-exempt countries will now only have to quarantine for 10 days instead of 14 as part of changes to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (Wales) Regulations 2020).

Read the full announcement on Gov.Wales.


EU Transition Letter and Discussion with the UK and Welsh Government – Thursday 10 December

Both the Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, Ken Skates and the Rt Hon Simon Hart MP, Secretary of State for Wales, have issued a joint letter highlighting the actions you need to take to prepare for the changes which will occur and affect business operations from 1 January 2021.

They will be jointly hosting a webinar to talk directly to business in Wales about the challenges and opportunities that the end of the Transition Period presents. It will take place on 10 December 2020, 11.30am – 12.15pm. Register here.

Places available for virtual Britain & Ireland Marketplace (BIM) 2021 – 26 January 2021

Britain & Ireland Marketplace (BIM) 2021 is an annual B2B workshop organised by the European Tour Operator Association (ETOA) that will take place online.

As a springboard to COVID-19 business recovery plans, Visit Wales will cover the cost of up to 12 eligible companies to attend this event; priority will be given to accommodation suppliers.  Visit Wales selection criteria will be applied to your application.

The event is especially suitable for the following and you must be interested and able to contract / sell through the travel trade to participate:

  • Hotels
  • Attractions
  • Sightseeing operators

The closing date for applications will be 18 December 2020.

Visit the tourism industry website for more information.

Stay up to date with tourism industry news

We are committed to providing the support and assurance the business community needs during these unprecedented difficult times and have issued several Coronavirus (COVID-19) related bulletins which can be found on the Tourism Industry Coronavirus (COVID-19) Bulletins page. 

Business Wales is providing businesses with tailored support and advice about dealing with coronavirus, from financial and supply chain planning to advice on staffing issues. We would advise Tourism businesses and stakeholders in Wales wanting specific guidance to visit the Business Wales website or call Business Wales helpline on 03000 6 03000, and to regularly visit the Public Health Wales website for up-to-date public health information for you, your staff and your visitors.