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BACK TO THE BOTANIST: Sam & Max’s indoor Video Diary!


Indoor Hospitality has finally returned in Wales!

And so, Sam & Max thought, what better way to celebrate than by heading straight back to The Botanist?

If restaurants aren’t your thing, do not worry as pubs have also reopened! Check out our exclusive look at The Borough Arms’ reopening here

From May 17th, Wales has moved to Alert Level Two in the continuing battle against Coronavirus. Wales' latest reopening is similar to that of last summer, but this time with a vaccination programme in place.

And it’s not just pubs and restaurants that can welcome customers back, cinemas and visitor attractions like museums and galleries are also allowed to reopen in the latest round of lockdown easing.

However physical contact, such as hugs, is still restricted to members of extended households or "support bubbles", unlike in England.

After three lockdowns and the vaccination programme roll-out, Wales has seen a significant fall in Covid cases in recent months.

The easing of lockdown measures should still be treated with caution, according to newly reappointed First Minister - Mark Drakeford. Ministers had considered relaxing lockdown restrictions further from Monday, but Mr Drakeford said officials had "decided to hold back" for more advice on the variant. From today (May 17th), Wales is adopting the "traffic-light" system, allowing the resumption of international travel. But the first minister warned last week international travel was "best avoided" because of concerns travellers could carry Covid with them.


How are The Botanist keeping you safe?

According to their official website:

The safety of all who enter The Botanist is paramount, therefore, we have partnered with industry-leading health and safety experts to ensure that we have all of the correct and best measures in place to make our venues the safest they can be and in line with government and scientific guidelines. We have also completed internal risk assessments on all of our venues to ensure they are Covid secure. Alongside this, some of the additional safety measures we have introduced, include: 

  • Mobile contactless ordering
  • Table service throughout your visit
  • Increased cleaning schedule throughout each venue
  • Increased frequency of handwashing by staff at timed intervals
  • Accessible hand sanitiser dispenser stations
  • Reduced furniture layouts to distance tables
  • Clear social distancing signage
  • Cashless payments only
  • All team members wearing the correct PPE


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