The British chain PUB Greene King refused to reopen one of its 1,700 boozers today for fear of safety.
The brewery giant will instead reopen gradually over the next few weeks.
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Pubs opened brightly and early today after months of foreclosure – with the first orders taken at 6 a.m.
But residents of Greene King across the country remain closed.
The first of its pubs will reopen from Monday July 6 – unlike its rival Wetherspoons which today reopened 750 establishments at 8 a.m.
The relaunch dates for the remaining third have not yet been announced.
Greene King, who manages Hungry Horses, Chef and Brewers, Wacky Warehouses and other big brands, says he wants to make sure his restaurants have “safe socializing provisions.”
He said it would not be “viable” to open immediately – even with social distance restrictions reduced to one meter.
A Greene King spokesperson said, “We welcome the news that pubs, alongside other venues, may reopen starting next month.
“Pubs play an important role at the very heart of their communities and have been sorely missed by customers and those who work there.
“Following the government’s announcement on Tuesday and subsequent orientations, we have now decided to reopen our pubs managed gradually from Monday, July 6.
“Not all of our pubs will be viable to open immediately, even with the reduction of social distance indications to one meter alongside additional measures, but we plan to open 1,294, or more than two-thirds of our domain managed in phase one. “
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They added: “We are working on the reopening date of the second phase and we will confirm it as soon as possible.
“The safety of our team and our customers is our top priority and we are confident that the measures we introduce described in our PUBSAFE promises will mean that our pubs will operate safely for customers and team members. ”
Other pub owners across the country are also keeping their doors closed on Super Saturdays, despite the green light to reopen after three months.
Some owners fear that they will not be able to apply the rules of social distancing and that they will ensure the safety of staff and bettors.
Others worry about mass gatherings and a potential second spike in coronavirus.
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