It's the news that the Welsh hospitality industry has been waiting for, pubs, cafes and restaurants are going to be able to open their doors to diners from next month.

First Minster Mark Drakeford said that "provided the reopening of outdoor hospitality goes well, and the state of the virus allows indoor opening for pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants will resume from August 3."

However the two metre rule would remain for now. To read more about the Welsh Government's latest coronavirus updates and restrictions, follow our live blog here.

The Welsh Independent Restaurant collective has welcomed the First Minister's announcement of a date for reopening inside venues across the sector on August 3, but warned that the future remains uncertain for many in the industry.

Natalie Issac, Director of the 44 Group which operates restaurants in Cardiff, Penarth, Cowbridge, as well as Bristol, said: "Welsh hospitality businesses have had to bear the financial burden of a month of additional losses compared to our counterparts in England, and this is a further month where we cannot utilise the business rate relief to support the economic recovery.

"We look forward to further constructive discussions with Welsh Government in the coming days and weeks”.

Bar 44 in Cardiff

Tom Simmons who opened restaurant, Thomas by Tom Simmons in Pontcanna in February said he was glad to have a date.

His other restaurant, at Tower Bridge in London, will remain closed for now as he focuses on getting the Pontcanna site ready for reopening from August 3.

He said: "I'm just glad to get a date really. We thought if it's not today it would be another six weeks. And we can't afford to fall that far behind the rest of the UK.

"The first week was a nice break but it's gone on for a lot longer than anyone could imagine.

"We've been trying to adapt what we do while maintaining the standards were aiming for when we opened the restaurant. First couple of weeks we decided to do some meals for the NHS while we decided what to do for the general public."

Tom Simmons and partner Lois

Tom said there is now "a lot to think about" when implementing social distancing. He added: "There'll be a lot of people desperate to go out for a decent meal.

"We're lucky to be in the area that we are and the support we've got. We'll just have to see how it goes. Everything's new and everyone is trying to keep up with it. Let's hope we don't have a second wave."

Thomas, which can be found on Pontcanna Street in Cardiff, will be reducing its covers by 40%, having hand sanitiser on tables, single-use menus and possibly ordering via text.

It also will have more spaced-out bookings and cleaning times between bookings.

"The main priority is to keep the customers safe and if the masks do that it's a simple decision. Gloves I'm not keen on because you'll be much less likely to wash your hands.

"People are paying for the experience not just the food. We have to be careful that we don't turn into a Nando's where you text your order and you don't see a waitress or a waiter.

"At the end of the day it's just down to common sense, once the food is put down, if there's any conversation that they are stood well back. There aren't any laws on social distancing and implementing things in the restaurant, everything is a guideline. They have left it up to us, which is I guess good and bad as the government can't be blamed for anything that goes wrong.

"But the hospitality world is very good at adapting. We're in a fortunate position that the tables are very spaced out, social distancing will be quite straightforward for us."

Tommy Heaney is also thinking about the weeks to come and planning to reopen his smaller eating spot, Uisce, first, which sits next to his Heaney's restaurant in Cardiff.

"It's a difficult one because of the two metre rule there's still a lot of ifs and buts.

"Do we start planning now and then change it? I try to stay positive through the whole thing, I'm glad we have a date now. We probably won't open Heaney's straight away but we will open up Uisce and we'll continue to do takeaways."

Tommy said that he was planning to expand the coffee and wine bar's outdoor seating and that he doesn't want to risk a second lockdown either.

He said: "We've got the seating out front of Heaney's and we're going to put a tent in the car park get some seating out there, create like nice buzz about it. It's early doors but we're hoping we can plan something out for the next week or so.

"There are certain things we don't want to risk, we don't want another lockdown, we don't want to open then have to reclose, I suppose it's better to be cautious."