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Coronavirus: Campsites, beauty salons and cinemas get reopening dates

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Playgrounds in Wales will open in just over a week’s time

Wales’ campsites, hairdressers, beauty salons, cinemas and playgrounds are to reopen in the next three weeks.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said playgrounds and community centres would reopen from 20 July.

He said campsites would reopen on 25 July “provided we make a success of self-contained accommodation” which opens on Saturday.

Cinemas, museums and galleries as well as beauty and tattoo parlours will be able to open on around 27 July.

He said house viewings with owners present would also be possible from 27 July.

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Sarah Bruton says she is excited to start bringing back furloughed staff

Mr Drakeford said there would be “some limitations” on the services beauticians can offer, calling some procedures “particularly risky”.

He told Sky News the government would discuss with the industry which measures will need to be in place.

Sarah Bruton, from Captiva Spa in Caerphilly, said: “What we don’t know is which services we can offer, so while it’s lovely to have a date, as a first step that’s great, but we need some guidance.”

Ms Bruton raised concerns that services on the face such as make-up and eyebrow shaping, may not be allowed – meaning some of her staff will still not be able to return to work.

“For us it’s good because we can start bringing people back, we’re already prepared because we expected this a few weeks ago, so that’s brilliant.”

Ms Bruton has half of her workers – the hairstylists – returning from Monday, with the other half still staying at home.

“It would be good to know we can bring the whole team back together, and we’ve had so many lovely messages from people saying how excited they are to come back for treatments and the social elements that come with it.”

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Ms Bruton has invested in a temperature check gun and plastic screens to keep customers safe

Confirmation that pubs, restaurants and cafes can resume trading outdoors from Monday, as well as hairdressers, is expected later at the Welsh Government’s daily coronavirus briefing.

Regarding restaurants being able to serving customers indoors, Mr Drakeford told BBC Radio Wales: “I hope to be able to say something about that at 12:30.” 

He added: “We’ll be saying today that places of worship will be able to open for limited amounts of important services – baptisms, confirmations, that sort of thing – where church authorities are confident they’ve got things in place to make that safe.”

On driving lessons, he said ministers were in discussions with the agency and trade unions, adding: “Those discussions will continue next week and I’m optimistic we will be able to say something pretty rapidly about that.”

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Wales will be the last part of the UK to set a date for when indoor hospitality, including pubs and restaurants, can reopen.

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Hairdressers can reopen from Monday, by appointment only

Unions have called for an opening date for the hospitality industry, while the pub industry has called for social distancing rules to be relaxed.

But after pictures emerged of crowds when English pubs reopened last weekend, Health Minister Vaughan Gething said he did not want to see similar scenes in Wales.

While pubs will be able to reopen in outdoor licensed areas on Monday, pub group Wetherspoon said it would not do so, while Brains said it would only be able to open one or two of its managed pubs.

‘Lives and livelihoods’

The Welsh Conservatives called for the 2m rule to be relaxed and demanded a ten-point plan of action, including the reopening of campsites, face coverings on public transport and in shops, and the reopening of pubs, restaurants and cafes.

“This pandemic is about lives and livelihoods. It has never just been a public health emergency, it’s an economic one too, but the Welsh Labour-led Government is dragging its feet on the reopening of our economy and society,” Darren Millar, Welsh Tory spokesman for Covid-19 recovery, said.

Plaid Cymru health spokesman Rhun ap Iorwerth said a “much clearer strategy” was needed for using the available capacity to test for the virus.

He called for regular tests for all healthcare workers and for test results to be faster.

“Waiting times have been getting longer, undermining the ‘early warning system’ needed to stamp out Covid outbreaks,” he said.

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Mark Drakeford will take the daily Welsh Government press conference on Friday

Last Monday travel restrictions were ended and outdoor visitor attractions were allowed to reopen.

From 11 July self-contained tourist accommodation can take bookings.

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