First meeting of new Senedd and easing of hospitality restrictions: May 12, as it happened

The live blog for Wednesday May 12th has closed.

Our top stories in the Cardiff area included:

  • What the latest easing of restrictions mean for restaurants, cafes and bars in South Wales
  • The first meeting of the newly elected Senedd, with 18 new MSs joining
  • The barber in Pontypridd making a difference for men this Mental Health Awareness Week

See below for more details and keep an eye on our social channels at @BroadcastCJS


That’s a wrap

That’s all from your digital reporters today…it’s been a busy one to say the least.

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Mental Health Awareness Week

During Mental Health Awareness Week a barber from Pontypridd is offering counselling to his clients.

This comes as 3/4 of suicides last year were men.


Nightclub owners call for clarity on reopening

Despite the Welsh Government saying pubs and restaurants can entertain customers inside, no date has been given for when nightclubs can reopen without restrictions.

In England, clubs have cautiously been advised that they may be able operate as normal from June 21. Now owners in Wales are calling on the government to give them a date this side of the border.

We asked you, our readers, whether nightclubs in Wales have received enough support.


Pubs open indoors Monday

Following the announcement that pubs will be open indoors from Monday we asked the Broadcast CJS team who will be first in and first out.


First session of Senedd begins

First Minister Mark Drakeford is addressing the 60 Members of Senedd (MS), with 40 of these attending remotely.

It’s an important day because 18 new MS’s have been elected.

Our reporter Meleri Williams is outside the Senedd and explains what we can expect.


New Senedd meets for the first time

An important day for the Senedd as it marks the first day newly elected Members of Senedd will meet.

Journalists in Cardiff Bay have reported that both the Conservatives, Plaid Cymru and Labour have marked the day by taking pictures outside the Welsh Parliament.

14:00 pm

New plans for Penarth pier pavilion

The pier in the Vale of Glamorgan was closed for months during lockdown but those in the area are hoping that plans submitted to the cabinet today will give it a new lease of life.

We sent our reporter Caleb Darwin to Penarth to find out more…


CJS News delivers lunchtime bulletin

We caught up with producer Henry Payne as he went live with our lunchtime news bulletin.


New rules coming to Wales

Ahead of the easing of Coronavirus restrictions on Monday, we took a look at the difference between rules in Wales and England.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a significant easing of rules in England, but First Minister Mark Drakeford will announce how measures will change in Wales this Friday.

Go check out our Tik Tok to see if you know the rules where you are…

First deadline of the day


CJS News produces two shows every production day.

Meet Henry Payne who is our Producer for the 1:30pm. We spoke to him to see how he’s handling the pressures of the newsroom today.