Hospitality businesses across Wales must be kept in the loop over the next few weeks as we learn more about the Omicron variant of coronavirus.
Labour ministers need to engage with business owners every step of the way as new details of the variant come to light, the Welsh Conservatives have stressed.
The party’s call comes as tourism leaders have warned that the thought of potential lockdowns is creating anxiety, leading to cancellations over the festive period.
Health minister Baroness Eluned Morgan this week refused to rule out another lockdown ahead of restrictions being reviewed next Friday (Dec 10).
Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Tom Giffard MS, said:
“I cannot stress enough just how important it is that businesses are consulted and supported by Labour ministers as we learn more about the Omicron variant.
“The run-up to Christmas is normally the busiest time of year for firms in the hospitality and tourism sectors and this year would be a huge opportunity for them to recoup some of their losses throughout the pandemic.
“If the public health situation in Wales means changes to restrictions are needed, then it is vital Labour ministers work hand in hand with business to make sure they are supported and not kept in the dark.
“I hope more restrictions aren’t on the way, but if they are, then we need to see clarity and proper engagement from Mark Drakeford and his Labour administration – it is key.”