Businesses affected by the covid pandemic will now be protected from eviction until March 22 next year. 

The eviction protection had originally been due to end next month.

This measure means landlords will be prevented from forfeiting the leases of premises for non-payment of rent until 25 March 2022.

The move is intended to help a range of sectors during what continues to be a challenging trading period.

Yesterday, successful Barry restaurant Hang Fire BBQ closed its doors for a final time, citing staffing shortages.

Despite businesses in Wales continuing to benefit from a 100 per cent rates relief scheme for retail, hospitality and leisure that runs until the end of the financial year, many have had to take the decision to close permanently.

Announcing the extension of eviction protection, Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething said: "We have pulled every lever possible to support businesses and their employees during what has been a harrowing time.

"This further extension of measures to prevent forfeiture for the non-payment of rent, which will protect businesses from eviction, will help secure jobs and livelihoods across Wales.

"It will also give the same levels of protection in this respect for Welsh businesses as those in England and will assist with the recovery of Welsh businesses as the economy improves.

"We remain committed to backing Welsh firms as we kick-start a strong Welsh recovery post-pandemic."

The Government confirmed it is continuing to consider what, if any, further measures in relation to commercial rent arrears accrued during the pandemic need to be put in place once the moratorium comes to an end.

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