Several London pubs have rejected the government’s call to reopen next week, citing security concerns.
Pubs are allowed to welcome drinkers again next Saturday, Boris Johnson telling the British that it is their “patriotic duty” to visit their local drinker when the doors reopen.
Pub chains like Wetherspoons and BrewDog have welcomed the announcement, with 750 Wetherspoons outlets slated to reopen on July 4.
But several independent pubs, including Tollington Arms in Holloway and The Gunners on Blackstock Road, have expressed doubts about the safety of the reopening.
The Tollington Arms said it would not reopen because the government “ignored” health advice.
The management of the pub said on Twitter: “It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that we will not open on July 4 in accordance with the directives that the government published this week.
“We believe the government is ignoring the advice science tells us.
“We cannot, in good conscience, open a pub when contracting a deadly virus is still possible under these guidelines. By the government’s own admission, on average, 1 in 20 people have the virus.
“We care too much about our staff and our customers to risk rushing in, contributing to a second wave of this pandemic. We hope to open our doors in the near future when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, stay safe. ”
Two other North London pubs run by the same company as the Tollington Arms will also remain closed on July 4.
Meanwhile, the director of the Gunners said the pub is unlikely to “reopen” next Saturday.
Una McKernan told the Islington Tribune, “I follow the human mindset on the economy. We don’t know if we’re going to open, probably not. I would prefer loyal customers and friends to be virus-free rather than earning Covid money quickly.
“And why should we tackle the government for them?” They failed to find a system so now they want pubs to do it for them?
“Pubs are public spaces, just like parks. If you have to legislate and follow the movements of people in bars, you should have done it in parks when people bought cheap drinks in supermarkets and ransacked the place. There has certainly been little or no social distancing in the locked-out parks. “