PUBS and restaurants in Wales will be able to reopen outdoors from July 13, the Welsh Government has announced.

A phased return for businesses in the hospitality sector, also including bars and cafes, will be given the go-ahead as long as coronavirus cases continue to fall in the country.

Wales' minister for international relations, Baroness Eluned Morgan, will set out the proposal at today's daily press conference, following a review of how the industry can safely return to trading.

The first phase would see the reopening of outdoor spaces owned by businesses and subject to existing licenses.

Reopening indoor services will be considered at a later date and will depend on the success of outdoor opening and the state of the virus in Wales, as well as measures businesses put in place to reduce the risk of transmission including pre-booking, table service and the use of apps.

Pubs, bars and restaurants can reopen in England from July 4 and provide indoor service.

A lockdown review ahead of First Minister Mark Drakeford's press conference on Friday will determine whether self-contained tourism accommodation will be able to reopen from July 13, while the country's five-mile travel guidance is set to end on Monday.

On Wednesday, Public Health Wales said a further six people had died after testing positive for coronavirus, taking its total number of deaths to 1,516, though separate figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the true number of deaths involving the virus up to June 19 stands at 2,408.

Meanwhile, the total number of cases in Wales increased by 32 to 15,775.