P-05-1099 Don't shut the Hospitality Sector (Pubs, Restaurants, Cafes) without providing scientific evidence



P-05-1099 Don't shut the Hospitality Sector (Pubs, Restaurants, Cafes) without providing scientific evidence


This petition was submitted by Nathan Gill having collected a total of 25,301 signatures.


Text of Petition:                     

The Welsh hospitality sector has proven that it is able to comply effectively with the strict COVID regulations, with pubs, bars, restaurants, cafés, and many other settings being equipped to deal with social distancing. Hospitality has already adapted to using PPE, extra hygiene measures, as well as the government’s track and trace system.


Additional Information:

Evidence from the government and the Office of National Statistics shows that only between 1% and 3% of new coronavirus infections are transmitted in pubs, bars, and restaurants. Unless the Welsh Government is willing to publish evidence that shows a greater risk of transmission in hospitality settings, then it would be unfair to penalise the industry once again by shutting it down throughout December.


Pubs, and the hospitality industry generally, have been among the hardest-hit sectors during lockdown. More than a third of hospitality firms say they have little or no confidence of surviving the next three months, according to data collected by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) earlier this month.


This year has left the hospitality sector on the verge of collapse, with much of it being closed throughout 2020 due to the pandemic. Christmas trade is essential for businesses to remain open, and prevent many from having to close for good due to a loss of earnings.





This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 12/01/2021.


The Committee considered the correspondence received and agreed, given that Coronavirus alert level 4 restrictions are now in place across Wales and the issues raised by the petition have been discussed in Plenary on a number of occasions, that the petitions have been overtaken by subsequent events and that there was little further action it could take at this time. The Committee therefore agreed to close the petitions and thank the petitioners.


Full details of the consideration of this petitions by the committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.

It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 15/12/2020.



Senedd Constituency and Region

  • Ynys Môn
  • North Wales


Further information



Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 03/12/2020