Pubs are ‘open until told to close’

By Emily Hawkins

- Last updated on GMT

Open for business: pubs across the country are remaining open while following hygiene measures
Open for business: pubs across the country are remaining open while following hygiene measures

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Pubs across the country have said they will remain open unless they are ordered to close as the coronavirus outbreak continues.

Their social media announcements follow Boris Johnson's guidance to the public that they should avoid pubs and restaurants.​ 

The Prime Minister has not ordered closure of venues yet, which has caused many pubs to say they will continue to trade at reduced hours or operations.

The Faulkner: "We love local pubs, you lot love your local pubs so let’s all go out and use them while we still can. We’re here providing great hospitality until they say we can’t."

The Drapers Arms: "We are currently open. This decision will be reviewed daily... as it is hourly. Our community is our staff, our customers and the wider population. In my view if the government believes it is not responsible to trade and they have a plan for us to shutdown and a plan for how we come out of the shutdown then it is their job to take that decision and communicate how the people who work here should be paid for taking that hit for the wider community. I’m not an expert in healthcare, statistics or much tbh. My team wish to work and be paid. Every one of them knows if they wish not to come to work they don’t have to. I know that not everyone will agree with the decision and frankly I respect that. The situation is obviously fast moving, advice has changed and will continue to. Balancing doing the right thing for everyone is agonising, confusing... and like everyone who is still open we trade at a loss to prolong the period staff have jobs and we can help them stay financially supported by us in the absence of a clear alternative."

The Unruly Pig: "In light of the latest government announcement, we have decided to remain open for the time being. We will let you know if this is likely to change. Thank you all for your continued support."

The Compass Inn: "After last nights heartbreaking news we need you all to know it’s BUSINESS AS USUAL here at the Compasses Inn. We are taking all the necessary precautions to keep you and all our staff safe. Please think of the bigger picture here, for everyone. As a country we need to keep functioning! as a business we need to keep functioning! All in order for our families to function. Please stay safe but rational. Big love ‘team compasses'."

The Geese and Fountain: "WE ARE OPEN! Until we're told to close by the government we will be open as much as we can. We're already looking at ways to change how to operate - more takeaway and local delivery. We have vouchers that can be redeemed once things have calmed down again. You set the price anything and everything is appreciated £1 or £100! If there are ways we can help we want to hear them. Covid-19 is scary and we are scared but we are also doing all we can to keep going, keep our staff employed and keep everyone safe."

The Angel at Hetton: "It's a very concerning time for all but for now, it's business as usual here at The Angel. For all guests that feel they can safely visit us. We are taking the situation very seriously and have been following the government and W.H.O guidelines regarding the COVID-19 crisis very closely. For now, we have not been told that we must close, so we plan to stay open and welcome our guests as usual. Of course, we are maintaining the highest possible hygiene standards and taking things day by day. It means the world to us that our guests are continuing to support us, we can't thank you all enough."

Duke of Sussex: "We’re open as usual! If you have any further questions, please contact us directly through the link in our bio. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and loyalty. We look forward to seeing you soon!"

The Cartford Inn: "Thank you for taking the time to read."

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