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Artist impression of revamped Castle Street revealed

An artist impression of a transformed Castle Street. Credit: Cardiff Council.

An artist impression showing the new, outdoor, covered, eating area planned for Cardiff’s Castle Street has been released by Cardiff Council. 

The scheme is part of a wider range of measures being put in place in the city centre to increase useable, outdoor space for the hospitality sector which is trying to recover from the effects of the pandemic. The new hospitality area will allow businesses to trade safely insocially-distanced outdoor settings. Visitors will be able to order food and drinks for delivery from a selection of restaurants and cafes in the city centre via an app.

Work on asphalting Cardiff Street has already taken place and it is hoped the new outdoor area could be available to use by the end of the month.

The new outdoor space will be built directly on Castle Street, giving visitors a stunning view of the iconic castle in the heart of the city centre. More details on how the space will be run will be released closer to the opening date.

From today (Monday, 13 July), the following will be able to open, subject to following the guidance about coronavirus-safe ways to operate:

  • Hairdressing salons and barbershops, including mobile hairdressers.
  • Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes outdoors.
  • Outdoor cinemas.
  • Indoor visitor attractions, but a small number of underground visitor attractions will remain closed for the time being because of the higher risks associated with these environments. The Welsh Government will continue to work with these attractions towards safe re-opening.
  • Places of worship. Faith leaders can begin to gradually resume services when they are ready to do so safely.

The Welsh Government is also making changes to the regulations to allow larger gatherings of up to 30 people outdoors only where these are organised and supervised by a responsible person for sports and other leisure activities and classes.

This will allow sports and leisure activities, such as fitness and dance classes to take place outdoors, as well as collective worship.