Books Council of Wales Statement - 19 June 2020

Welsh Books Council

Books Council of Wales Statement - 19 June 2020 - 19 June 2020

The Books Council of Wales warmly welcomes the First Minister’s announcement that bookshops are among the businesses which will be allowed to reopen from Monday 22 June 2020.

As always, the well-being of staff and customers must come first and we have been working with booksellers as they prepare to reopen safely in line with Covid-19 guidance. Not all shops may choose to open their doors immediately and others will revise their opening hours to the public. Whilst welcome, today’s announcement is another step on the long journey towards a new normality and our role as a Council is to support our sector throughout.

This is an incredibly challenging time for us all and over the last few months we have seen bookshops across Wales finding imaginative ways, in difficult circumstances, to continue to offer a personalised service to their customers. Many have been organising special online events, as well as selling over the internet or by telephone and sending parcels of books by post or delivering locally.

We would like to thank all booksellers for their commitment and resilience, especially at a time when books and reading are more important than ever. We are also grateful to Creative Wales for facilitating additional Welsh Government emergency funding for the book sector, which has helped to sustain shops as well as publishers during this difficult period.

On the eve of Independent Bookshop Week (20–27 June), this is an opportunity for us all to show our support for bookshops and celebrate their important contribution to our economy and our communities.

Details of all bookshops in Wales are available on

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