Leadership and support needed in face of new variant

Ahead of Welsh Government three week review of coronavirus regulations, Rhun ap Iorwerth MS for Ynys Môn says the uncertainties around the new Delta variant, and increasing evidence about its transmission clearly makes further relaxation difficult for the time being, but has called for Welsh Government to “provide leadership and support” for the hospitality sector, where many have “genuine fears for the future.”

Rhun ap Iorwerth MS said,

“We must remain hopeful that evidence will soon show that the vaccination programme is providing protection against the new Delta variant, but until sufficient information is gathered, caution must be taken.

 “Many in hospitality are still feeling the pinch from the unexplained gap in funding in April of this year. Set against a backdrop of the Delta variant, and talk of further lockdowns, this is giving genuine worry for a whole industry.

 “Hospitality – indeed all businesses in Wales – will be looking to the Welsh Government to provide leadership and support at a time when many have genuine fears for the future.

 “That leadership and support is also required by the health sector, who are all too aware of the enormous backlog now facing them. Welsh Government must do everything possible to help health boards seed up vaccination, especially in areas where the Delta variant is spreading fastest.”