Wetherspoons to reopen nearly 400 pubs in April

Wetherspoons has confirmed that it will reopen 394 of its pubs in England from April 12.

The budget chain will open beer gardens, rooftop gardens and patios as the national lockdown eases.

But the company’s announcement suggests just under half of the pubs’ 750 outlets in England will remain shut.

The pubs that do open will be serving from 9am to 9pm from Sunday to Thursday and 9am to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, although some will have restrictions on closing times.

They will offer a slightly reduced menu, with food available from 9am to 8pm seven days a week.

The pubs will not be operating a booking system.

Customers will be able to order and pay through the Wetherspoon app, and staff will be able to take orders and payment at the table.

The chain did not say which of its venues would be reopening in England next month.

Customers will be able to enter the pubs to gain access to the outside areas and use toilets, while test and trace will be in operation and hand sanitisers will be available.

Wetherspoon chief executive John Hutson said: ‘We are looking forward to welcoming our customers and staff back to our pubs.’

Pubs and restaurants in England will be able to serve customers outdoors from April 12 as part of the road map out of the lockdown which has devastated the hospitality sector.

The controversial boss of Wetherspoons, Tim Martin, has repeatedly warned about the impact lockdowns have on the industry and recently slammed the ‘absurd’ outdoor drinking plan.

During the first wave of the pandemic, Mr Martin told his workers to get jobs at Tesco and refused to pay them.

Wetherspoon has 875 pubs in the UK.

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