Brains joins Wetherspoons in deciding not to reopen pubs in Wales on July 13th

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Brains and Wetherspoons pubs will not reopen in Wales on July 13th. Credit: PA

Brains has said it will not be reopening any of its pubs in Wales on July 13, despite Welsh Government plans for the hospitality sector to resume outdoors.

Pubs, restaurants and cafes in Wales will be able to reopen outdoors from July 13 as long as coronavirus cases continue to fall.

But Wales' biggest brewery has said they want "customers to be able to use all the facilities in our pubs" and they "will not be able to do that by opening outdoors only."

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A spokesperson wrote: "During lock-down we have been working incredibly hard to be ready to reopen our pubs indoors and outdoors safely for the benefit of our team members and customers.

"We are waiting to be given a date and guidelines for the full reopening of pubs from the Welsh Government, which we hope will be as soon as possible.

"We want our customers to be able to use all of the facilities in our pubs come rain or shine and to receive a warm welcome back in safe surroundings. We will not be able to do that by opening outdoors only from 13th July and so we will not open any of our managed pub gardens on that date."

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Wetherspoons has already said it will not reopen any of its Welsh pubs until they are able to welcome patrons indoors.

Over the weekend, pubs across England reopened for the first time since March.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said he hopes Wales will not see a repeat of the large crowds which gathered in London's Soho.