Restaurant owners in Wales want better guidance from the government over when they can expect to re-open and how they will be able to protect their staff when they do.
While some retail outlets could begin to serve customers again over the next few weeks, the outcome for bars, pubs and restaurants in Wales remains unknown, after lockdown was recently extended.
This is putting a lot of pressure on chefs and restaurant owners and managers, who are keen to start cooking for the public again, Wales Online reported.
Celebrity chef Bryn Williams, who runs Porth Eirias in Colywn Bay, told the publication it is incredibly frustrating not being able to have a plan for re-opening.
Williams, who also runs Odette’s in London’s Primrose Hill and won the Great British Menu in 2006, said he needs a “game plan” from the government so he can look after staff and customers adequately.
“We can’t go back to how things were – we all need to completely overhaul our businesses, both operational and structurally,” the 43-year-old stated.
He asked whether staff will have to wear personal protective equipment, patrons will have to socially distance themselves, or if the premises can only be half full.
“We need the government to tell us what’s to be done, to give us a bit of direction,” Williams said.
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