Wetherspoons plans to re-open pubs 'in or around June'

Wetherspoon’s plans to reopen its pubs ‘in or around June’ after being closed in coronavirus lockdown

  • Pub chain forced to shut all 900 pubs and furlough 40,000 workers in March
  • Outspoken chairman Tim Martin claimed closing pubs was ‘over the top’ 
  • Some Wetherspoon’s have been spray painted with ‘pay your staff’  
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Wetherspoon’s plans to start re-opening its pubs and hotels ‘in or around June’, it was revealed today. 

Chairman Tim Martin was forced to close all 900 pubs and furlough 40,000 workers when Britain went on lockdown on March 23.  

But there were threats to stage a nationwide boycott of the chain when Mr Martin claimed closing pubs was ‘over the top’ and that supermarkets posed a bigger risk of spreading coronavirus than bars.   

He later refused to pay workers until he received the appropriate government bailout and sparked further fury when he said he would ‘take the opportunity’ to catch the deadly bug because his ‘chances are good’. 

Wetherspoons is planning to re-open its pubs and hotel nationwide ‘in or around June’ 

His pub in Crystal Palace, south London, was daubed with the words ‘pay your staff’ after the Brexit-backing boss refused to pay staff until he had received money from the Government and told employees to ‘get jobs at Tesco’ in the meantime. 

Today JD Wetherspoon said it aims to raise £141million as part of a share placement scheme so it can re-open as the summer begins.  

The company said it would raise the amount through the issue of up to 15.7 million shares at 900 pence per share. 

Chairman Tim Martin (pictured with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in July last year) was forced to close all 900 pubs and furlough 40,000 workers when Britain went on lockdown on March 23

A Wetherspoon pub in Crystal Palace, south London, (pictured) was daubed with the words ‘pay your staff’ after the Brexit-backing boss refused to pay workers until he had received a Government bailout 

 

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