Hospitality businesses in Wales need further support if they are to survive the winter, UK Hospitality Cymru has warned.

In a letter to members of the Welsh Senedd, the trade body outlined proposals to see businesses through the “firebreak” lockdown and beyond, highlighting the need for extended and sustained emergency support.

With particular concern for businesses unable to access grants due to their rateable value exceeding £51k, the trade body urged government to ensure restrictions are imposed no longer than necessary, and called for a clear roadmap for businesses beyond 9 November.

It also called on ministers to revisit its travel ban and review the curfew, two-metre distancing measures and the ban on households mixing.

“The package of restrictions currently in place is having a hugely debilitating effect on Welsh hospitality businesses,” said UK Hospitality Cymru executive director David Chapman.

“We fully understand the need to control the spread of the virus and promote public health. Hospitality businesses have spent time and money to make their venues safe for customers, and we are happy to take the necessary steps to keep customers safe.

“We need help to do that and businesses need support to survive this winter and keep jobs secure. We do not want businesses that can do so much to help rebuild the Welsh economy next year, to be unintended victims of measures designed to keep communities safe.”