The boss of JD Wetherspoon has warned of the dangers of demonising pubs for propagating the spread of Covid-19, insisting that their role has been “widely misunderstood”.
Tim Martin, founder and chairman of the national pubs chain, criticised Britain’s “colossally expensive ‘big brother’ approach, based on exhortation, lockdowns, bewilderingly frequent changes of direction and other heavy-handed initiatives”.
Mr Martin, who favours Sweden’s approach “based on trusting people”, said that if pubs were closed or were restricted so much that they became unprofitable, the safety measures maintained by staff would be lost, “leaving the public to socialise at home or elsewhere, in unsupervised circumstances”.
He pointed to media reports last Friday suggesting that “Britons have promised to run riot” over the weekend, although trade had been
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