Wetherspoons boss says closing pubs to fight coronavirus would be ‘over the top’ and should stay open ‘for duration’ – The Sun

WETHERSPOONS boss said today shutting pubs is "over the top" amid the coronavirus crisis, and claims they should stay open for the "duration" of the pandemic.

Tim Martin said he thinks there has been "hardly any transmission" of the killer virus in pubs – as cases in the UK rise to 3,269.

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He spoke to Sky News saying supermarkets are busier than pubs at the moment and therefore bars shouldn't be shut.

144 Brits have now died from the infection and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked the nation not to go to pubs or bars and mingle with crowds.

Mr Martin said: "Our aim is for pubs open for the duration. This could go on for a long 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 common sense view."

Many people are doing their bit by avoiding contact with others to stop the virus spreading and causing more damage.

But some foolhardy revellers are still packing out pubs and heading on nights out despite the warning.

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