Coronavirus: Wetherspoon’s boss says ‘over the top’ to shut pubs

Shutting pubs over the coronavirus outbreak is “over the top” and they should stay open “for the duration”, Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin tells Sky News.

The chain’s chief said: “Our aim is pubs open for the duration. This could go on for along time.

“I think that once you shut them down it’s very difficult.

“Supermarkets are very, very crowded. Pubs are much less crowded. There’s hardly been any transmission of the virus within pubs and I think it’s over the top to shut them.

“That’s a commercial view but also a commonsense view.”

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