First Minister Mark Drakeford said a further reopening of the country’s tourism industry, which will start with self-contained accommodation on March 27, would be halted if providers started welcoming people from across the border. The Welsh Labour leader confirmed Wales would move to a “stay local” period from tomorrow for two weeks before travel rules are lifted in time for the partial return of holiday lets for Easter.
But he said a holiday in Wales would be restricted to those living in the country, as lockdown rules in England mean April 12 is the earliest people living there can go on holiday in the UK.
Mr Drakeford said: “People who let accommodation should not be taking bookings from people who live outside Wales.
“England will still be in a position where their rules say to minimise travel, no holidays, no staying away from home overnight.
“And that means they will not be able to take advantage of accommodation in Wales.
“The Government can only proceed on the basis that the law is going to be observed and it’s for English authorities to enforce the English regulations.
“We will be talking with our local authority colleagues and with the police next week, just to see if there is anything we need to do to mobilise our own enforcement authorities.”
Mr Drakeford warned holiday firms would be thrown back into lockdown if they failed to stick to the restrictions.
He said: “If the industry were to act irresponsibly, the penalty would be we wouldn’t be able to carry on reopening the industry.
“I know there are rogues in any part of life.
“But I think that the industry will absolutely recognise that we want to go beyond self-contained accommodation.
“We want the tourism industry in Wales to have a longer and better season this year than we managed last year.
“We won’t be able to do that if people undermine the agreement that we have for how to proceed in that first step.”
People in Wales will only be allowed to stay in holiday accommodation with people from their own household.
Speaking at the Welsh Government’s press briefing in Cardiff, Mr Drakeford said he was “making the rules for people in Wales” and said the reopening of self-contained accommodation excluded places where facilities have to be shared with others.
He said: “The basic rules about only going with your own household, that will remain in place, and all the other restrictions we continue to need to observe will be as true if you are in your caravan as it would if you were in your own home.”