“There’s some welcome light at the end of the tunnel for Welsh rural businesses. But there’s still room for greater clarity and guidance to businesses about how they manage much-needed demand from beyond what the Welsh government calls “local”.
Medical safety is a priority, we hope we’re at a turning-point in defeating the virus. But England and Wales should be working closely together in a challenge which affects both countries. Differences in English and Welsh guidelines create a border-barrier. They are a source of confusion and inevitably they’ll be challenging to enforce. For everyone’s benefit, it’s important that the guidelines converge.
I welcome more support for businesses which are still unable to trade. But no substitute really exists for opening the door to customers in person – and encouraging them to come again.
Rural enterprises must open in fair competition. Businesses in retail, tourism, hospitality and amenities need the reassurance and the support to see a clear way ahead towards reopening of the economy. English and Welsh road-maps need to dovetail, and both governments need to develop safeguards to maximise the possibility that we’re on a path towards full and permanent opening.
Meanwhile, CLA Cymru we will continue working to support rural, land-based businesses on their journey to be open-for-business.”