Easter 2021 was very different to last year.

With some restrictions eased and visitors returned to the Beacons, holiday accommodation across Brecon and Radnorshire re-opened for Welsh residents.

While this is good news for some, other industries will find it much harder to recover.

The hospitality industry has been one of the sectors worst hit by the pandemic.

Despite working tirelessly and often spending thousands of pounds putting social distancing measures in place, businesses have had to contend with extended periods of closure.

I share the frustrations at the difference in coronavirus restrictions between England and Wales, particularly when many businesses survive on trade from England.

These businesses are small, family run enterprises – they keep our area thriving and we need to make sure we give the sector the best possible chance to recover from this crisis.

With even more families likely to be taking a staycation this year, once they are open, it’s vital we seize this opportunity for the benefit of our beautiful corner of the world.

Providing it is safe, Brecon and Radnorshire needs to be open.

As our high streets re-open, our independent, smaller retailers will need our support. We should remember to support our local community when ever possible.

But as we reopen to visitors, we must also encourage the responsible enjoyment of our area. The last thing anyone wants to see are cars parked in irresponsible places, litter left in our beauty spots or sheep worried by dogs not on leads.

While I will be doing my best to promote Brecon and Radnorshire as a destination, I am also committed to raising awareness of the newly updated Countryside Code.

People of all ages and backgrounds should be able to enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits that nature offers, but it is incredibly important that it is given the respect it deserves.

Throughout the pandemic I have met with individuals and businesses from across Brecon and Radnorshire, so I am under no illusions that we still face immense challenges in the months ahead and I will continue to present their concerns to the UK and the Welsh Government following the Senedd election.

Priority must remain for us to all be responsible, plan ahead when leaving home, follow local guidelines, and respect those around us.

But fingers crossed, it looks as though we will have a positive summer to look forward to.