News Bulletin: Alert Level 4 restrictions

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21 December 2020


First Minister statement 19 December - Alert Level 4 restrictions

Read the full statement from the First Minister on the Level 4 restrictions that came into force from midnight on 19 December.  The statement includes further detail on the severity of the situation that determined that Alert Level 4 restrictions for Wales should be brought forward.

Alert Level 4

Frequently Asked Questions on Alert Level 4 and further information on seeing other people, business closures and visiting people in private homes

Coronavirus Control Plan: Alert Levels in Wales

A full guide to restrictions and a simple guide to the new coronavirus alert level system is also available online.

Chief Medical Officer Statement on Amendments to the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) Regulations 2020

Statement from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales on the needs to move to Alert Level 4 from midnight on 19 December and change arrangements for Christmas relaxation, in which two households may now only meet for Christmas day.  Read the announcement in full on Gov.Wales.

Extra £110 million to support Welsh businesses affected by new restrictions

The Welsh Government have announced a further £110 million of financial support for businesses affected by the latest restrictions.  Hospitality, non-essential retail, tourism, leisure and supply chain businesses will be eligible for financial assistance.  Further details of the funding will be announced on the Business Wales website in due course.

Eligibility checker for hospitality, leisure and tourism sectors fund live

Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism businesses impacted by latest coronavirus restrictions can now find out how much they can expect to receive from the latest round of Welsh Government’s business support package.  The latest package includes a £180 million grant fund specifically for impacted businesses in the tourism, leisure and hospitality sectors. For further information please visit the Business Wales COVID-19 support eligibility checker.

UK Government extends furlough and loan schemes

The furlough scheme has been extended and the UK Government will continue to pay 80% of the salary of employees for hours not worked until the end of April 2021.  Further details are available on the Business Wales website.

A budget to protect health and jobs, build a greener future and create change for a more equal Wales

Finance Minister Rebecca Evans has unveiled a draft Welsh Budget with plans to invest an extra £420 million for health and social services, alongside funding to protect the economy, build a greener future and create change for a more equal Wales.  Read the announcement in full on Gov.Wales.

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.