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24/03/20: Following the Prime Minister's statement on 23/03/20 the Castle is now closed other than for security, key management personnel and live-in maintenance staff. So there is 'generally' no one to receive incoming calls. The majority of reception, front of house, wedding planning staff are now furloughed and required to stay at home. Please can everyone email us rather than phone us. Or use the Chat Service on the website. Wedding Planners working still from home can still take incoming emails and answer queries on our chat service but cannot take phone calls.

For our email addresses, refer please to the Contact Us Page.

The Prime Minister's statement says you must stay at home. All gatherings of more than two people in public are now prohibited. From tonight people in Britain will be allowed to leave their homes for shopping for basic necessities and medical supplies only, and may only travel to work if absolutely necessary. All social events including weddings and baptisms are banned. Key personnel can handle emails and the chat service work from home so you can still remain in contact with us but not by telephone.



Update 20/03/2020 21:08 This update supercedes all the updates below. Please read carefully.

See Statement in Blue by Michael Ludwig:

Statement by Craig y Nos Castle Business Manager Michael Ludwig as of 21:08 hrs Friday 20th March 2020:

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It  is with regret that due to the ongoing coronavirus situation that Boris Johnson on Friday 20/03/2020 at 17:03 advised that Pubs Clubs Restaurants Cafes and Bars are to close at midnight on 20/03/2020. Whilst there was no immediate indication that this also included hotels, clearly Mr. Johnson indicated that Food was only to be served on a take-away basis. Therefore as a venue we have taken the decision that with immediate effect and until further notice we are unable to service any weddings, events or accommodation. Please read our Coronavirus Page (below) for full details of our postponement policy and procedure. Wedding Guests and Clients who have not yet postponed their wedding will be contacted within the next 72 hours to discuss transfers of dates.

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This afternoon the Prime Minister has required all Pubs, Clubs and Restaurants to close. It  is now necessary that all weddings whose dates are in April and May arrange to transfer to a later date.

Legally the registrar's position is they will marry you with up to ten guests, but this was before Johnson's statement. The Registrar's position may remain unchanged, but only 10 guests can attend your ceremony. We had thought a Celebrant could then perform a celebration with more guests and had set up this facility on the morning of 20/03/2020. However Johnson's statement in the afternoon of 20/03/2020 has moved things on a stage further. Now that pubs clubs and restaurants are closed, a wedding venue that has a restaurant or bar cannot operate by law, though 'venues' are not included in the reference to 'Pubs Clubs and Restaurants etc'!  The intention of the PM is clear even though the strict legal interpretation re 'venues' remains ambiguous. It took us an hour or so to get our heads around all this and to check with other hotels what they are doing too.

As far as we are concerned we can transfer all dates and all bookings remain 'do-able' as they have been organised - it is just the dates need changing due to a Worldwide once-in-a-century Pandemic. However this is awful for all our Brides and Grooms, who have worked so hard to organise their Special Day and now have to arrange everything for a later date. I know a lot of people in society have been astounded at the speed in which their lives have been turned upside down, but this period will pass. Things will get better. Do not worry. The most important thing is that everyone strives to stay safe and well.

Most of April's weddings have now moved. The rest of April and May weddings are now asked to contact us to move their dates forward.

June dates should now notify us of reserve dates for 2021 also, under the pencilling in system (see below a long way down this now very long page!). Transfers to any available date are free, and we anticipate and dearly hope all our suppliers will allow free transfer too. But we must warn everyone, the range of available dates in 2021 to transfer into is going to diminish quickly as we have about 120 weddings remaining in 2020 to move. While some are going into Oct Nov and Dec 2020, which reduces the pressure on 2021, it may be safer to move into the second half of 2021 or even into 2022. You can always bring your wedding 'backwards' into an earlier date again, if things clear up sooner. To get a date you want, you need to act quickly now.

Which months need to move now? Initially our advice is April and May weddings skip forward into new dates immediately, and June weddings arrange to pencil in their reserve dates. July weddings should also now pencil in their reserve dates as full transfers may still be required in July. Johnson has said he hopes we will have substantially beaten Coronavirus if we all work together, within 2-3 months. So we are unclear where we will be for July dates but if you get your reserve dates in now, we will hold a reserve date for 2 weeks while you consider what to do. Or you can leave your July onwards date intact, and wait to see if the quarantine is semi-lifted by then. If testing can be increased there may be some geographical areas that can 'reopen' by then, but who knows?

So March April and May should transfer now. All June and July weddings should now pencil in new reserve' dates. August onwards could opt to play a 'wait and see' game for a few more weeks to see how the pandemic comes under control, if it does over the next few weeks. We will hold a forward reserve date for 7 - 14 days on reserve, after which you will need to confirm the new date. Should the situation improve, we can then review each month rolling forward, but to get a firm forward date in to the calendar, action should be taken now to transfer or reserve dates into 2021. Please do this by email ASAP. Email addresses for your wedding planner are here.



Added 24/03/2020: April, May and June should all have transferred by now. July, Aug & Sept to start reserving second dates as a precaution. We now have a set routine going where we postpone all weddings three months in advance (hence now postponed are all March April and May dates). We are introducing an indefinite reserve system for the next three months (June July & Aug) whereby those dates can keep their original date for now, AND reserve a second date in case they need to move. Some are moving but some are holding out as the current calendar of bookings shows, but we need to be ready for more postponements. It is unclear to us whether June or July or later dates will be possible, but if we can get everyone lined up with secondary reserve dates a year forward, we are able to offer some certainty as much as one can, to all our booked weddings.

We’ll review the situation monthly on a rolling basis. There could be a rolling period of trading dates and non trading dates, which means we need to be able to position everyone so if it is a ‘go’ for their original month, they can ‘go’ and if it is not, they go into their reserved second date, again on a rolling basis. The team will now be working from home to get the next three months of weddings set up into their secondary reserve dates, ready to transfer forward in their turn if necessary.



The old updates below are retained for now but large sections will be deleted once we decide which information is completely redundant. We do apologise for the length of this page and all the changing information on it. But do read it all to understand the sequence and procedure to move and reserve dates.

What if you want to get married on the original date?  We have taken a decision to formally close the Castle's bar and restaurant. But if 'the venue' as in the Opera House is allowed to  re-open and the registrar will still marry you, we may still be in a position where we can at least marry a couple just on their own with a couple of witnesses and the registrar. You would then have the Wedding Day, Reception, and Party on the later date with a Celebrant creating the "Wedding Ceremony". Here is a celebrant  Helen Williams / Wedding & Family Celebrant - contact her on info@treasuredceremonies.co.uk / 07986 526732. This would enable those who want to be married, to actually be married, but as the bar and restaurant would be closed, the rest of your event gets shunted forward a year or so. Only the few guests the Registrar allows would be able to attend. There would be no welcome drinks or event. At present, per 23/03/20 PM Statement, NO weddings are allowed, but this may in future be relaxed to allow very small groups of guests (e.g. 5 or no more than 10), while not allowing a full event. This is hypothetical for now.

We will not charge for use of the venue or theatre for the Ceremony Only in this way, with whatever guests the Registrar allows. It is the least we can do, but only if it is legally possible to do this. You may also all have to stand or sit two metres apart from each other - with only ten guests there is enough space to do this in the Opera House. This was probably the legal interpretation of what Mr. Johnson had said when he first closed down 'pubs and restaurants' but not 'venues'. Just as we went into total quarantine in a series of steps, so we might come out of quarantine in a series of 'reverse' steps, as restrictions are lifted gradually. So in July & Aug, for example, you might find you can get married on your original date but STILL not have the party and reception and full event till later, hence the need for you to have the 'two dates' with a second date in reserve for the main event. You'd then go down the celebrant route for the postponed 'wedding ceremony' having already got married with your 5 or whatever guests you are allowed, IF allowed.



Owner Martin Gover adds: Please follow the advice on this page on postponements - March and April months must be processed into new dates immediately. A reserving system will apply to later months May, June and July unless you are ready to commit to a new date. August onwards we are suggesting hold fire in case things clear up a bit over the next two months. However any wedding that chooses to give up completely on 2020 as a year, to be sure of a date in 2021, should contact us fast as the 2021 year is going to fill up. Midweek dates can only book into midweek dates. Weekend dates should mostly have enough 2021 dates to go into as some clients have opted to go into Oct, Nov and Dec 2020. We are holding 2021 year clear for existing ciients to book into first, up until mid April. After mid April, 2021 dates will be on offer to new Couples again, though in these uncertain times 'new' client bookings will likely wait until better times to book.

Those wanting two nights in order to have guests stay the night before in the same room will need to consider upgrading to WED-VIP.  Weekend VIP weddings are the two day, two night deal - an exclusive whole weekend package. However as of 21/03/2020 we will restrict the sale of WED-VIPs for 2021 calendar year to Thursday and Friday combinations. This is unless you already have booked a 2020 WED-VIP, in which case you may still book a 2021 WED-VIP for the same Sat/Sun or Fri/Sat combination you had in 2020. This is necessary to avoid blocking too many weekend dates and to leave enough Fridays and Saturdays for weddings wishing to move forward to 2021.

For those wanting more information and reassurance, the Managing Directors thoughts and Views on what is going on can be further read here but please read the whole of this Coronavirus Page first.



Much of the following is now out of date. But it LOOKS as if the bit about the registrar marrying with ten people present is still correct though this could change in a split-second! Read on and we will delete the out of date bits or strike a line through them as we go along.

16/03/2020 update - 19:35 hrs: Following the Prime Minister's statement, asking people 'not to go to pubs, clubs, restaurants and theatres and to avoid all unnecessary social contact', the advice below on the continuation of weddings is already becoming out of date. Never have we seen things move so fast.

17/03/2020 09.10 - see letter written by Michael Ludwig, Business Manager, here.   Much of this letter is now out of date. Anything about date transfers being free etc is of course correct.

Update 17/03/2020 10.55. Registrar's advice sought, weddings can continue (for now); what the Registrar told us this morning is in blue below (25/03/2020: this is now out of date):

“They have a statutory duty to register births, deaths and marriages unless in accordance with the law they are legally restricted to do so and/or advised by the General Registrars Office. They have however said, that in accordance with good health guidelines they will do their interview in a larger office, they will limit their socialising whilst on the premises and won't be shaking hands. They have not updated their website and don’t have any email/circular to issue but anyone who wishes any re-assurance can call them or email them.”

Update 19/03/2020 12:57 Registrar this morning at 11.55 “Whilst other registry offices and/or local government and Churches are prohibiting gatherings in excess of 10 the POWYS registry office are still going ahead, but naturally 'safely operating' within the realms of the NHS and PHW guidelines". (25/03/2020: this is now out of date):

Update 20/03/2020 21:50 The Registrars at Powys when we spoke too them this morning had opted to reduce Wedding Ceremony size allowed to 10 guests. Options remain as below, but in addition are as follows: If you still wish to hold your wedding, the actual legal part of the Ceremony can only take place with ten guests in attendance. The other elements of the wedding such as the Photographs, the Welcome Drinks, the Banquet etc will all need to skip forward to a new date.(25/03/2020: this is now out of date):

If it remains possible for you to still marry with ten guests or less present as on the original date of your wedding, then that is all we can now do. If you do marry on your original date, and then postpone the Wedding Reception, you will need a Celebrant to create a "wedding ceremony" in which you will make vows again (but this time not the legal ones) witnessed by your wider friends and family. Here is a Celebrant: Helen Williams / Wedding & Family Celebrant - contact her on info@treasuredceremonies.co.uk / 07986 526732.   Your decision is now not yours as to whether to hold your wedding now (with fewer guests) or to postpone in accordance with the advice below. You now do have to postpone your Wedding Reception and Party.(25/03/2020: this is now out of date):



Update 20/03/2020 18:30 I have not yet listened to the latest news about pubs & restaurants closing but following a telephone conversation with our Business Manager who is up on all things 'legal', it appears 'venues' remain unaffected, but "pubs, clubs & restaurants" are now closed. We will once again phone the registrar and see if they will marry Couples (with the new limit of 10 guests present). (25/03/2020: this is now out of date):

Above we have advised all weddings to postpone if their date is before July 2020. Dates further ahead could try a wait and see approach to see if we can re-open in summer 2020. Who knows?  (25/03/2020: this is current advice)

You may still be able to marry with a handful of guests on your original date and then have a Celebrant for all guests to attend a postponed Wedding Reception date later in 2020 or in 2021. This would allow you to have a repeat of the Wedding Ceremony but it would mean paying an extra fee to the Celebrant if you wanted this arrangement. Having a Celebrant not only "feels" like a traditional wedding ceremony - it IS "the ceremony" to celebrate your marriage, in which vows will be said, albeit not the legal ones, in front of all your friends and family. (25/03/2020: this remains current advice)

Or you just get married on the new later date, booking the Registrar forward, and 'write-off' the original date. We were mainly moving the next two months dates forward but now anticipate weddings at least up to July will want to move. All weddings up to end June should act now to get priority on 2021 dates. (25/03/2020: this remains current advice)

We will move any date forward as below and any 2020 wedding can move their date forward at any time (but April and May and June dates must do so now) into any new date or season (irrespective of whether the new date is 'peak' or 'winter' dates), at no charge subject to availability. But weekdays must go into weekdays, weekends into weekends, and it would be best if everyone can stick to the same month in 2021 for fairness, if moving into 2021. The availability pages are being updated once a day at 10 pm once the office staff have gone home and finished with the spreadsheet! (25/03/2020: this remains current advice)

This means March, April, May and June weddings should contact us to arrange their new dates now. July 2020 weddings onwards at this stage can choose to wait in case things ease up a bit. Our phones may be a bit busy with so many date transfers going on all at once, are now not manned due to furloughing staff, so please also use the 'contact us' page to email your wedding planner direct if you cannot get through on the phone. Our chat service is also a quick way to speak to us if the phones are not answered promptly - but again if you persist you can get through! This weekend is going to be a bit chaotic and there may be a queue to change dates. (25/03/2020: this remains current advice)



Update 23/03/2020 11:00  The Castle will remain closed until at least end of May 2020 but by then we should know more about when we can re-open. In real terms we are hoping the closure is only for 12 weeks as per Boris Johnson's current plans. Of course, no one knows. This rules out weddings in April and May 2020, who should all postpone if they have not done so already. June is an unknown. July for all we know could be OK, though elderly guests may not wish to attend weddings (or be allowed to attend events). August we are hopeful about. However, we are reviewing this month by month and are informing all couples of their options in the event that this virus continues. For weddings in August and later, we are hoping that all this will be better understood by then. Optimists might plan for everywhere to be open again then or earlier. (25/03/2020: this remains current advice)

JULY & AUGUST WEDDINGS: For now you probably do not need to postpone a July / August onwards date, as, for all we know, we could be open by then. You could be moving dates unnecessarily. August onwards (and optimists in July) should hold fire and see what happens in the next few weeks. You can make a decision at any time to postpone and all postponements are free if due to coronavirus. Remember that once your wedding date is postponed, you may struggle to get back into an earlier date even with attractive Last Minute deals that may be available from suppliers. Once you have 'committed' yourself to a new date with all suppliers etc, you won't want to do it all again to get back to your original date. (25/03/2020: this remains current advice)

There is a way we can help you and this is by inviting you to ‘pencil in’ a future reserve date now. This means July and August weddings can both hold their original date and pencil in a future date in 2021 or whenever. You can do this now. We’ve stopped Sales of new weddings to people who are not clients for 2nd, 3rd and 4th Quarters in 2021, so you can do this. But we need your pencilled in dates by Mid April if you want to use this service. We advise all June July and August dates to now give us their pencilled in reserve dates (but no need to actually transfer yet) for 2021. This means we will hold two dates for you. We have never done this before but it is a way of giving you some options in this uncertain world. June July August weddings please contact us by Mid-April to ‘pencil in’ a 2nd reserve date. We know this is a stressful time for everyone, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Although we are closed, the wedding team are still here in the office to answer emails and phone calls and if they have to work from home, they will still be on hand to deal with emails etc. (25/03/2020: this remains current advice)



Below written on 16/03/2020 -  as much of this is now out of date I am crossing out sections that are now wrong.

We have sought clarification from the Registrar and they have advised on the continuance of weddings as above. We may be moving faster than we expected towards a situation where there is a legal requirement to postpone weddings en bloc. This situation has now arisen.

The recommended phone number for our Clients to ring for updates direct from the Registrar’s Office is 01597 827468. Email is registrar@powys.gov.uk (25/03/2020: they may now have closed).

Moving a period of weddings (say 3 - 4 months' worth) into the same period next year was anticipated in our earlier comments and policy (which still apply). While we had been preparing for this as per the advisory notes below, should it become necessary, we had anticipated there would be a longer period of notice before any weddings had to be moved. Weddings do now NEED to be moved for April May, June and forward reserve dates pencilled in for July / Aug 2020 dates (which do not need to actually move yet, in case we are then open again). (25/03/2020: this remains current advice)

The Prime Minister's daily statements render out of date some of what was written below. However the policy on wedding postponements remains the same.

Our policy is that we will enable the bloc transfer of wedding dates into forward dates at no charge, from any date required, and for any period of time required by the Government, as we are so advised. Over the last few days it has often been unclear on when and even if what is 'advised' or 'asked', will become 'required'. For a few days there was a moral choice, which people were asked to balance against their social responsibility to society at large. This probably wasn't enough, so rather quickly what was optional has become 'required'. We all have had to quickly catch up and realise we have 'no choice' as 'the law' changes and old freedoms are suspended.

Whenever we speak to the Registrar's office they say words to the effect, We will marry people until the Government says, "No you can't." (25/03/20 - now you can't!)

We note that not only our own advice on (B) and (C) below is now being implemented by the Government, but that 'all' social events are advised to be put on hold. However the PM's initial statements were 'asking'. This position has changed daily in the last few days. As the Registrar says they will still marry people, then the decision remains one for the Bride and Groom to make. We cannot say 'We will not do weddings' as we would then be in breach of our contract with our clients. This was until 20/03/20 a choice for our clients to make. But now you cannot have a party, or a gathering, or a meal or an event. You are left with the legal right to marry - with up to ten guests.

If the Registrar ever says, 'Now we will not marry people," then the decision even to marry is no longer yours or ours to make, so we will watch this one last option and let you know if that too goes.(25/03/20 - now you can't!)

As of 16/03/2020 13:00 hrs (updated 20/03/2020 20.15 hrs), we know of no cases of Coronavirus at Craig y Nos or in our immediate area of South Wales. All weddings and events are now suspended until further notice - basically until advised they can start again by the Government. Infections are on the rise in the UK, and the coronavirus is probably more widespread than tests have so far identified. People appear to be contagious before symptoms are known, and can be contagious for a period after they have recovered. (25/03/2020 this is now out of date - we do not know the situation in our area now).

Government advice was that anyone with flu like symptoms should remain at home and in self-isolation. We (had understood) that government advice may change such that in the future it may be advised that family members of an infected person should also self-isolate. This, if it happens (it now has), would fit in with the idea that people are contagious before they develop symptoms.

We had advised Wedding Clients to

(A) not invite guests who are suffering symptoms - whom the Government says should self-isolate, and
(B) not invite guests living in households with other family members who are suffering symptoms, and
(C) not invite the elderly and those with existing medical conditions to weddings, as vulnerable people should in our opinion stay away from social gatherings.

(A) above complies with Government Advice, (B) and (C) went beyond current (for 'current' read pre 17.00 hrs 16/03/20) Government Advice but appeared to us to make sense. Government advice will change (has quickly changed) as the disease spreads.  Keep Calm & Carry on has changed to something more serious.

We then extended our advice to (D) below:

(D) Pay attention to where there are peaks in infection and do not invite guests from these peak infection areas. Consider seriously whether to postpone and have a larger wedding next year, or a smaller one this year.

Of course all this has moved on now. We wish everyone well, and look forward to seeing you all in a few months.

Older Information continues below:

Last weekend (14/03/20 - an aeon ago now!) we wrote: News reports suggest that the spread of the disease is unavoidable, and Government policy is to slow it down to avoid peak demand swamping the NHS, rather than to quarantine the entire population and prevent its spread. A commentator on Radio 4 explained the inadvisability of quarantining the population by comparing the situation to a car parked on a hill with the handbrake on. If you left the handbrake on it would not roll down the hill, but when you release the handbrake, it is still on a hill and will still roll down it. The suggestion was that quarantining the population would prevent or slow its spread, but once everyone was out of quarantine, its spread would then resume, because the population has not yet built up any resistance to this new virus. The car would still roll down the hill.

Hence the Government's emphasis is not on prevention, but on 'delay'. Government scientists want 'herd immunity' to develop, rather than try to prevent the virus from spreading completely, only for it to come back in the winter. However this policy is now being questioned and more restrictions on movement are likely to follow soon. Like you, we are watching the news and keeping ourselves informed, day to day. Rather than make any further comment ourselves (we are not really qualified to do so!) we refer you to the Sources of Government Information & Advice here.

Customer Information

16/03/20  13:00

Postponement Notice Waived if postponement is due to Coronavirus

Due to rapidly changing headlines re possible enforced closures of venues, pubs and schools, and the imminent self-isolation of those over 70, we have today removed the notice period on wedding postponements provided you book into a new date at the time of postponement.

Therefore, should you postpone at any stage due to the coronavirus we will postpone weddings with no postponement fee charge, if you have to postpone your wedding at very short notice. This should alleviate any concerns you have with regards to loss of monies already paid.

Should you decide/ should the government decide that your wedding needs be postponed, the only thing we will be unable to do is refund monies paid or waive any monies that would be due under our contractual terms. Monies paid will be retained and simply moved to another date.

We anticipate a block of 2020 weddings during any quarantine will move to 2021. If the Government closes pubs etc., for a set period of ‘peak infection’, then all weddings in that period will need to skip forward. This has now occurred. We recommend you look at the 2021 Availability Calendar now. You can postpone straight into an available date.

You may consider postponing to Nov or Dec 2020 (the first available date range) – the choice is yours. However you may prefer to move forward one full year as a minimum. By then Coronavirus should be ‘sorted out’ – we hope.

Update 17/03/20 11:08 Events have moved fast. We spoke to the Registrar this morning and they advise there is no legal requirement to stop weddings.  As of 20/03/20 we interpret a wedding with 10 guests can take place, but no event, dining or drinking can take place so the 'Wedding Reception' must be postponed.

As long as the Registrar says they are prepared to marry you then the law does still allow weddings to take place and we will honour your wedding date for the wedding only in accordance with the Registrar's stipulations. The Registrar may at some point give a cut-off date. They will be closely monitoring Government advice and advising us in turn. We will take our cue from the Registrar. If the Registrar says they can marry you, then 'the law' is that your wedding can still go ahead as planned.  Just not the 'Event' you had planned. But we suggest you visit this page regularly! We are updating this page the instant anything changes.

Also please read ALL the documents below but allow for the fact some of the information on the documents may be out of date.


Timeline & Links to Publications/ Advice to Wedding Clients by Craig y Nos Castle on Coronavirus

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This explains how we are pencilling in provisional postponed dates ahead of you actually postponing a date. This allows you to have two dates in the system - your current wedding date and a provisional second date held ready for you, should you need to postpone your wedding into the provisional 'forward' date.

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The above is a letter sent to all wedding clients advising on Hygiene & Coronavirus, reassuring clients that at the moment all weddings are going ahead as normal, and referencing the two documents below etc.

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Subjects covered: Much of the below is now out of date as of 20/03/20. You can no longer buy wedding insurance. Weddings Receptions must be postponed. Etc.

1. Weddings versus ‘Large Public Gatherings’
2. Ask Guests with Symptoms to ‘Self-Isolate’,
3. Reductions in Guest Numbers; your Contractual Guarantees and Minimum Number Requirements,
4. Possible Government Interventions & Outcomes,
5. Postponements and Cancellations,
6. Period of Postponement,
7. Should you postpone your wedding?
8. Instalment Plans & Wedding Insurance.
9. New Couples Booking Weddings in 2020, 2021 and beyond.

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06.03.2020 Letter to Wedding Clients who are Concerned Most of the below is now not relevant.

Subjects covered:

1. Guidance for Venues
2. Cleaning Routine
3. Postponements
4. Sources of Government Information & further links
Sources of Government Information & Advice

Visit Wales and the Welsh Government are carefully monitoring the ongoing situation with regards to the Corona Virus and will review and adjust planned activity according to the situation.

Visitors are encouraged to check the latest travel and health advice available https://gov.wales/coronavirus-covid-19 and

businesses are advised to visit Business Wales https://businesswales.gov.wales/news-and-blogs/news/coronavirus-acas-advice-employers-and-employees for the latest guidance for Welsh businesses.

Acas has published advice for employers on dealing with the new coronavirus outbreak. The risk of catching coronavirus (COVID-19) in workplaces is currently low.

It's still good practice to make sure everyone at work follows simple hygiene rules, such as:

• washing hands thoroughly with hot water and soap

• using tissues when sneezing or coughing and throwing them away in a bin


For further guidance on Coronavirus please visit the following websites:


GOV.UK



• BEIS - guidance for employers and businesses


Click here for update from Visit Britain on the latest information and advice for businesses.


The UK Government announced in a press release on 4 March that statutory sick pay will be made available from day one when self-isolating.

Below is the current WHO advice to Hotels
Letter from Michael Ludwig (Business & Procedures Manager at Craig y Nos Castle) written 23.11 hrs 16.03.2020

As far as I am concerned the following was said by Boris:

• Mr Johnson said the risk of transmission of the disease at sporting events was relatively low, "but obviously, it's right that we should extend that advice to mass gatherings as well".

• "You should avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues," he said.

However, he stopped short of forcing venues to close, leaving some in the affected industries in limbo.

Therefore and until legally compelled to do so, or until such time and excuse the perhaps blasé comment until we have no staff and no food the Castle remains open for business as usual. We of course are of the opinion that should a customer choose not to get married on their original date, we will look to postpone at no cost.

In Scotland they have banned and cancelled mass gatherings of 500 people or more.

"Staff should work from home." The comments he made, in my opinion are not legally binding and the use of the word "should", indicates that if they can they should of course. This is ok for staff working in an office environment and indeed I could work at home, as I don't meet the public face to face or deal with customers on a daily basis. Clearly, working from home is impractical for a large proportion of the population.

So tomorrow and for the avoidance of doubt:

• Although we heard from the Registrars mid afternoon, who commented that until they were legally advised not to do so, they will continue to perform “ceremonies” – we shall be asking them again for clarification on Tuesday.

• We will speak to our food & drink suppliers and launderers – to ensure we have the ability to serve our customers and for them to sleep.

If the answers to those questions are of the affirmative – then we will remain open – “although, in order to account for traceability” it would be of my opinion that we limit access to the Castle to the casual drinker or diner and permit only booked guests/wedding guests (however, that is my opinion).

From an advisory point of view therefore

• If one person in any household has a persistent cough or fever, everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days
• By next weekend, those with the most serious health conditions must be "largely shielded from social contact for around 12 weeks"

Therefore it would be advisable that anyone falling into these categories are not invited to any wedding or event. (I am personally of the view that anyone who has also been on a cruise ship in the last 14 days should also self isolate before attending an event.

Of course, at the end of the day the wedding client being yourself ultimately has to decide whether you wish your day to go ahead as planned, or to wait or to postpone – we will do everything we can to assist and it would also be advisable that contact with other suppliers is made also.

Do keep any eye on the web page but of course feel free to contact me should you wish to ask anything.

Best Wishes

M!chael

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