Tourism update - 30 July 2021
Covid regulations - recent and upcoming changes
Wales is now at alert level one:
Members of your extended household or up to six people from up to six households (not including children under 11 or carers) can meet indoors and stay overnight in private homes and holiday accommodation.
- Organised indoor events can take place for up to 1,000 seated and up to 200 standing
- Ice rinks can reopen
- Up to 30 children from an organisation can visit residential activity centres
- Restrictions requiring food and drink to be consumed while seated for events will be removed
- Social distancing requirements and mask rules remain indoors
From Saturday 7 August (if conditions allow), Wales will complete the move to alert level 0:
- remove legal restrictions on the number of people who can meet indoors, including in private homes, public places or at events
- all businesses and premises can open, including nightclubs
- people should still work from home wherever possible
- face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors, with the exception of hospitality premises. This will be kept under review
The First Minister has also announced that from 7 August in Wales, all adults who have been fully-vaccinated will no longer have to self-isolate if they are identified as close contacts of someone with coronavirus. Children and young people under 18 will also be exempt. But everyone who tests positive for coronavirus or has symptoms must continue to isolate for 10 days, whether they have been vaccinated or not.
ERF application for turnovers below £85k - now open
Businesses in the hospitality, leisure and tourism sectors with a turnover BELOW £85k who are still affected by Covid restrictions have until 9 August to apply for additional ERF support via their Local Authority.
The ERF will provide support in the form of cash grants for businesses, social enterprises and charities and associated supply chain businesses that have experienced and/or will continue to experience a material negative impact as a result of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.
The grants will help meet operating costs (excluding staff wages) for the period 1 July 2021 to 31 August 2021.
Applications for turnovers above £85k are now closed.
Changes to the CJRS - 1 August
From 1 August to 30 September when the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme closes, the UK Government will pay 60% of employees' usual wages for hours not worked, up to a cap of £1,875.
Claims for July must be submitted by 16 August. For this period. you can claim 70% of your furloughed employees' usual wages for the hours not worked, up to a cap of £2,187.50 per month. You'll need to pay the difference, so that you continue to pay your furloughed employees at least 80% of their usual wages in total for the hours they do not work, up to a cap of £2,500 a month.
Need help? HMRC run regular CJRS webinars - check available dates here
Workshop on legal advice for start-ups - 5 August
Expert advice will be available to help Swansea start-up businesses with all the legal issues they should consider when setting-up their new ventures.
Nia Godsmark, of Peter Lynn and Partners, will be delivering a free online session from 10am to 11.30am on Thursday August 5.
A specialist in employment and corporate law, Nia will also be on hand to answer questions during the live event.
It will be the second workshop of Swansea Council's new Start-up Enterprise Club, which will be exploring a range of topics in coming months to help businesses thrive.
Delivered via Microsoft Teams, the session will cover contract law, human resources and employment, business sector regulation, and intellectual and commercial property.
The session will be recorded for on-demand replay.
#LoveSwansea this summer
The summer holidays have arrived and with lighter evenings, venues opening back up and so much to enjoy right on our doorstep, there's plenty for your guests to look forward to while holidaying in Swansea Bay.
From family fun, beach days and trips to the museum, here's a handy round up of summer activities and events - please spread the word with your guests and on social media.
And don't forget they can get around by bus for free Friday to Monday until 30 August!
Free travel on local bus services - until 30 August
You can now travel on the bus in and around Swansea for free every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday until 30 August.
The #FreeRideSwansea initiative aims to boost the retail, leisure and tourism sector, reduce emissions and congestion and give residents and visitors the chance to make the most of what's on offer in and around the destination.
Journeys must start and finish within the Swansea Council area and must start before 11pm.
The initiative is likely to prove popular so don't forget to plan ahead by checking the bus times.
New Sunday bus service to Rhossili
A new Gower Sunday bus service (118) is operating from Swansea to Rhossili this summer. New Adventure Travel (NAT) is running the service on Swansea Council's behalf and buses run every 90 minutes every Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays until 30 August.
Download the timetable here:
What's more - this new service will be completely free of charge throughout August thanks to Swansea Council's latest initiative to offer free bus travel in and around Swansea.
Read our latest 'No Fuss, Take the Bus' blog and spread the word with your guests!
A view from above - more progress on Copr Bay
Work continues on Swansea's new Arena in the emerging Copr Bay district.
Recent drone footage captures the curved walkways & landscaped areas of the coastal park, which will sit on top of a two-storey car park.
Also seen are the growing numbers of gold-coloured aluminium panels which, inset with more than 90,000 LEDS, will form the arena's outer skin.
To keep up to date with its progress and the latest news on the scheme, you can sign up to receive the Copr Bay newsletter through the website here.
Useful links to keep checking for updates:
- Welsh Government Alert Levels - FAQs
- Swansea Council Business Advice page
- Business Wales
- Visit Wales
- Public Health Wales
If you would like to receive these updates directly in your in box, please contact Geraldine.Williams@swansea.gov.uk