£ 2.5 million for marriage ceremony venues and indoor points of interest nonetheless affected by Covid; ITV Information Wales

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  £ 2.5 million for wedding venues and indoor attractions still affected by Covid;  ITV News Wales

Companies affected by the gradual move to Alert Level One, such as wedding venues and indoor attractions, will receive an additional £ 2.5 million in support, the Welsh government has announced.

Companies in Wales that are still affected by Covid-19 restrictions can apply for emergency assistance to help them until the end of June.

Economy Secretary Vaughan Gething announced at the Welsh Government press conference on Monday that, due to concerns about the Delta variant and its impact on transfer rates in Wales, additional funding will now be made available to support companies moving from gradual transition to warning level 1 are affected.

This means that eligible businesses such as indoor attractions and wedding venues are entitled to an additional payment of between £ 875 and £ 5000 depending on the size and circumstances.

Mr Gething said: “My priority as Secretary of the Economy is to ensure that the Welsh Government is ready to launch a strong Welsh recovery with the right to support Welsh businesses and workers.

“In the past few weeks, as the restrictions were gradually lifted, we have all seen many elements of our old life reopen in a Covid-safe manner. This can only be good news for our economy.

“However, we know that despite our success in controlling Covid-19 rates and introducing our vaccination program, the Delta variant continues to bring new challenges.

“That means we had to take a step-by-step approach to transitioning to Alert Level 1 by first easing restrictions on outdoor events and activities, as the risk of infection is significantly lower outdoors than indoors.

“While this is absolutely the right decision for Wales, we recognize the impact it will have on a significant number of our businesses.

“Today I am filing additional funding for these companies in Wales – such as wedding venues and indoor attractions – to help cover the costs of the gradual transition to Alert Level One that is made necessary by the risks of the Delta option.”

Public Health Wales confirmed Monday that the number of Delta variant cases rose to 315 – an increase from 110 since June 10. The variant is now the most dominant variety in Wales.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to hold a press conference tonight to inform people of the latest coronavirus situation in England.

When asked if Wales will follow suit when England announces the lifting of restrictions on weddings, Mr Gething said the restrictions in Wales will remain in place for as long as is necessary for people’s safety.

“I know how difficult it is,” he said.

“When I got married, I was in a position where we had no restrictions like today – and we had a great day.

“Now I want couples to be happy celebrating that love in their relationship, but we only have rules and restrictions for as long as we need to keep Wales safe.

“I hope that couples, families and friends will only be with us for a short time and we will of course see with interest what happens across the border when the Prime Minister speaks tonight.”

When Vaughan Gething presented his plan to restore Wales to Covid, he raised concerns about the UK government funding for Welsh business support.

He said: “I would like to see the UK Treasury continue to act as the Treasury for the whole of Britain and not just run from the UK position. I want the most generous support package available for Welsh jobs ”and company here.

“We know the vacation will come to an end at some point and it has been a huge success in keeping jobs and businesses alive, but we don’t want a cliff-top approach that does not take into account the reality of the pandemic and the commercial business will do business in Wales and the UK the rest of the UK, so I think it would be helpful and useful to reconsider and possibly improve the support available if England were to address the matter due to the impact of the Delta variant in particular. “

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