The owner of the Sticky Fingers Street Food restaurant, Matt Connolly, has engaged in a legal challenge against the Welsh government over its failure to set out an opening date for indoor hospitality.
Connolly is asking the Welsh government for a clear date for indoor hospitality to open and seeking an opening date of 12 April in line with non-essential retail businesses.
Connolly said: “The failure to provide any clarity for the opening of indoor hospitality is a massive blow to the industry – we can’t plan without a date to work toward.
“We believe we should be permitted to open our doors again from 12 April in line with non-essential retail. If that isn’t possible, at lea”st let us see the evidence used to make that decision – thousands of livelihoods are at stake.”
In a letter sent to the Welsh government, he points out the contrast with the approach taken by the government in Westminster, which has provided a clear roadmap for outdoor hospitality to reopen from 12 April and indoor hospitality to reopen from 17 May 2021.
Oliver Wright, partner at JMW, added: “It would be commercially and economically unfeasible for many hospitality businesses to open and attempt to operate on an outdoor basis.
“The failure by the Welsh government to provide a clear date is creating more uncertainty for one of the hardest hit sectors. They need to know when staff will be removed from furlough and when rotas can be reintroduced; when to start ordering stock and when they can start taking bookings again.”