The Welsh government has brought forward the proposed date that hospitality can reopen for indoor dining to 17 May – at least a week earlier than had previously been expected.

Dave Chapman, UKHospitality’s executive director for Wales, said it warmly welcomed the announcement, which aligns Welsh hospitality businesses with England and Scotland, and “offers clarity and commercial hope” to operators.

“We have led the calls for earlier reopening and have been advising, consulting and negotiating on the need to help protect jobs and businesses - and the public - by opening up our scrupulously regulated licensed premises, to look after undoubted customer demand as soon as possible.”

First Minister for Wales Mark Drakeford said: “It is in my assessment that the hospitality sector – bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes – will be open indoors from 17 May.” However he said that it would be for an incoming Welsh government to confirm the arrangements, when the next three week review is held on 13 May – a week after the 6 May Senedd election, reported the BBC.

Outdoor hospitality is due to open on Monday 26 April.