Llandudno businesses react to lockdown partial lifting

BUSINESSES in Llandudno have given a mixed reaction to the First Minister’s partial lockdown lifting.

Some which are able to start operating were delighted, others remaining in lockdown were devastated.

The Caprice hair and beauty salon took to social media to say: “Great news this morning we will be reopening on Tuesday!! Looking forward to seeing you all.”

A similar sentiment was echoed by Perfect 10 Nails and Beauty which also stated on social media: “Well it looks like we’ll be waiting a bit longer to welcome you all back. Not surprised that we aren’t in line with hairdressing but disappointed it’s another month before close contact is allowed.

“Thinking positively, April 12 will soon be here. We have plenty of time to plan. The salon said it would be in touch with clients over the coming week to make bookings.

The Happily Ever After shop in Mostyn Street commented on Facebook: “We are absolutely devastated with the update from the Welsh Government this morning. At the last update we were advised to prepare to open on Monday the 15th March.

“Sadly, we have woken up to the news this morning that we are now not allowed to open and won’t now open until Monday April 12. Yes, another four weeks of not being able to open our doors and earn a penny.

“We are also gutted to hear that you can also buy non essential items from the supermarket from the March 22 which means most people will buy from the supermarkets that have had their best ever 12 months.

“Please remember to shop local and help save small businesses. Most businesses have click and collect available to help get them through this.

“We will be available for click and collect throughout the next four weeks as always.”

Tony Burns, manager of St George’s Hotel, said: “I can only express real concern on hearing the first minister sees June 21 for being open, as it will be with England, as being fanciful.

“Well, that destroys the summer for hotels and am sure many other sectors of hospitality in Wales.

“What adds to the fear is that the minister will not roadmap hospitality’s way out of this crisis. Today was the day to do that and again we are left hanging.”

The Welsh Government will lift the “stay at home” requirement in Wales from tomorrow, and replace it with “stay local”, as part of a careful, cautious and phased approach to relaxing coronavirus restrictions, First Minister Mark Drakeford will announce today.

From tomorrow (Saturday 13 March), four people from two households will be able to meet outdoors to socialise, including in gardens. In addition, outdoor sports facilities, including basketball courts, tennis courts and golf courses, can reopen, and indoor care home visits will restart, for single designated visitors.

From Monday, all primary pupils and those in qualifications years will return. Schools will have the flexibility to bring year 10 and 12 learners back and more learners will return to colleges.

There will also be flexibility for in-school check-ins for all other pupils. All learners will return after the Easter break.

Hairdressers and barbers will re-open for appointments from Monday.

From 22 March non-essential retail will start re-opening gradually as the restrictions are lifted on what can be sold in shops which are currently open. Garden centres will also be able to open. All shops, including all close contact services, will be able to open from 12 April – the same date as in England.

North Wales Pioneer | Llandudno