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Welsh First Minister barred from 100 pubs until 2022 over Covid rules row


Wales First Minister Mark Drakeford is barred from 100 pubs in North Wales for another year, six months on from a row about Covid restrictions.

Mr Drakeford visited a distillery in Llandudno on an official trip to the region but he won’t be allowed to pop into local pubs for a pint after they sent out a reminder he is still blacklisted.

Operators of a pubwatch scheme contacted their members telling them not to forget that Drakeford is not welcome at their boozers.

It comes as the first minister paid a visit to the Penderyn Distillery in Llandudno on a visit to the region to outline plans that the Welsh government has for North Wales, reported the Daily Post.

And while his visit took place, West Conwy Pubwatch reminded members that he was barred from their premises.

It posted on Facebook : “Just a reminder to all of our members, while Mark Drakeford is in the Conwy County area, he is still barred from all of our premises as he is still on pubwatch until his review in August.”



There are 100 pubs in North Wales that decided to ban Drakeford from having a drink
There are 100 pubs in North Wales that decided to ban Mr Drakeford from having a drink

The conflict goes back to last December when Drakeford fell out of favour with landlords over strict Covid restrictions.

It led to 100 pubs in North Wales announcing that he would not be welcome if he wanted to come in for a drink.

The Covid rules, that the pubwatch scheme disagreed with, included a ban on alcohol sales in hospitality settings along with a 6pm curfew – and came into force ahead of the third lockdown in late December.



Drakeford introduced new Covid rules last December that included restrictions on selling alcohol
The First Minister introduced new Covid rules last December that included restrictions on selling alcohol

Phillip Ashe, vice-chairman of the West Conwy Pubwatch group, said at the time that not allowing pubs to sell alcohol was “like opening a butchers and asking them not to sell meat”.

Pubwatch operators said that the ban would remain in force until May 30, 2022 or until a review which “will be at our meeting in the first week of August 2021”.





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