Are pubs closing due to coronavirus outbreak? – The Sun


PUBS face a difficult future as they look to stay afloat following Boris Johnson's public address on Monday.

The Prime Minister told the public to avoid mass gatherings as part of social distancing measures in his daily press briefing, causing an instant reaction as bars across the country were left looking like ghost towns.

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Are pubs closing due to coronavirus outbreak?

Despite Boris Johnson not officially calling all pubs to be shut, some have locked the doors over the killer bug.

In Ireland, all pubs were closed for two weeks – just days before St. Patrick's Day.

Meanwhile, in Britain, people have only been told to steer clear of them, rather than shutting pubs and bars completely.

But it is expected this will change in the coming days, with Health Secretary Matt Hancock telling viewers on BBC's Andrew Marr show that they could follow a similar path as Italy and Spain.

A number of European countries have gone into lockdown to limit the spread of coronavirus, ordering all pubs and non-essential shops and centres to be closed.

Have any pubs shut permanently?

It is unknown if there are any pubs that have had to close permanently due to coronavirus, but it is expected that there will be should they receive little help from the government.

Some pubs and restaurants are even staying open for fear of going bust if they close their doors.

Duke of Wellington manager, Adrian Hole, in Wareham, Dorset told the Guardian: "It's been as busy as ever. We're being careful not to over-order but we have to keep on.

"We're just a small free house. We can't afford to shut."

Meanwhile, Ben Boothman – who owns six pubs and restaurants in Rochdale – revealed they suffered a huge drop in takings following Boris Johnson's briefing on Monday.

The 38-year-old said: "It probably took £15,000 off us – that one announcement."

That was after one of Boothman's establishments, the Flying Horse, went from an average 40 meals sold on a Monday night to just three.

Can I still go to the pub?

For now, yes – you can still go into your local if it is open.

But health experts warn that should at least keep a safe distance of at least a metre from other people.

Even the Prime Minister's father, Stanley Johnson, revealed on This Morning that he would still pop in for a drink if he needed to.

The former I'm a Celebrity star and politician said on Tuesday: "Of course, I'll go to a pub if I need to go to a pub.

"He [son Boris] said we should avoid going to pubs, but if I had to go to a pub, I'd go to a pub."

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