Some pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants in Neath Port Talbot with outdoor spaces will be able to reopen from Monday, July 13th , with strict rules in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
It means it will not be ‘business as usual’ and that the experience of visiting hospitality venues will be very different from what people are used to.
Under new Welsh Government guidelines issued on Friday, July 10th, the venues will only be allowed to open to the public in open spaces as long as cases of coronavirus continue to fall.
On Monday, July 13th, a number of Council run public toilets will also reopen. There will be amended opening hours and increased cleaning regimes in place.
The toilets reopening on July 13th are:
- Aberavon Seafront (Main) (8.30am-6.30pm),
- Afan Forest Country Park (During Opening hours).
- Angel Falls (8am – 6pm),
- Gnoll Country Park (During Opening hours),
- Margam Country Park (During opening hours)
- Pontardawe (8am – 6pm),
- Port Talbot Bus Station (New opening times 8am – 6pm),
- Resolven (7.30am-6.30pm),
- Victoria Gardens, Neath (8am – 6pm),
As the toilets do not have permanent attendants, people are urged to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and to adhere closely to signs and floor markings which will be in place
Welsh Government Guidance
Among the Welsh Government re-opening guidelines for pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants are:
- Outdoors only, using open spaces outside buildings including but not limited to beer gardens, patios and pavements.
- Customers must provide lead names and contact details to facilitate Test, Trace, Protect. Pre-booking is recommended but walk-ups are allowed subject to provision of names and contact details plus (in all cases) adherence to social/physical distancing.
- One way systems should be implemented where buildings allow. Outside queuing should be managed to ensure these do not cause risks to people or other businesses and do not create additional security risks.
- Table consumption only. Standing consumption only allowed at ‘tall tables’.
- All children’s play areas should remain closed until further notice.
- Venues should not permit live performances including drama, comedy and music. Recorded music should be kept at background level, dancing is not allowed.
- The use of apps or other communications devices is recommended to reduce contact with customers, including options for menus, ordering and billing, including, wherever possible, contactless payment.
- Access to indoor toilets will be allowed subject to strict following of cleaning and other protocols aimed at protecting customers and staff.
- Each business must have a full risk assessment prepared in line with Welsh Government and UK hospitality industry guidance which staff have been consulted on.