The Welsh government has confirmed that six people from up to six households will be able to meet in pubs and restaurants from 17 May.

First Minister Mark Drakeford confirming yesterday (11 May) that indoor hospitality could reopen next Monday as Covid case levels fall.

He also pledged further financial support for hospitality businesses in order to help safeguard jobs.

Available to businesses that are still affected by restrictions, such as pubs, nightclubs, restaurants and late-night entertainment venues, the support will enable them to claim up to £25,000 in order to help them through to the end of June.

It is also available to supply chain businesses that have been materially impacted by restrictions.

The support is the first phase of a £200m package earmarked for the incoming Welsh government to help businesses affected by the pandemic. It is in addition to the Welsh government’s £610m non-domestic rates relief which will mean more than 70,000 retail, leisure and hospitality businesses pay no rates in 2021-22.

Drakeford said: “We know the restrictions have helped to keep us all safe but they have had a big impact on Welsh businesses, which is why we are making more funding available to support firms and safeguard jobs.

“Eligible businesses will receive support of up to £25k as they prepare to reopen and move towards more normal trading conditions.

“My new government will provide more detail about the extra financial support we will be providing to businesses to help them develop and grow as Wales recovers from the impact of the pandemic.”