https://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/1865 ... /?ref=ebln
The failure is serious enough to make it important that these matters are made known to the wider public and perhaps particularly for our community to be made aware if they have that establishment's customers in their "bubble". It would seem that whilst the report is specific to one unnamed pub, it is reported that this lack of conformance to regulations occurs widely across the chain.
Tim Martin, JD Wetherspoon's boss frequently blusters on main stream media expounding his views on many things including Brexit and instructing his staff to find other employment instead of furloughing them when lock-down commenced.Newsshopper wrote: Fears are growing that overcrowding and a relaxed summer socialising will lead to a new spike in Covid-19 cases after a Wetherspoons pub in south London has been completely ignoring social distancing and track and tracing rules.
A recent investigation by the Guardian found that the JD Wetherspoons pub had not been asking customers to provide personal details as required by the Government’s track and tracing system.
In the unnamed pub, which is one of south London’s most popular with young people, customers were allowed to buy drinks directly from the bar and stand within one metre of each other without intervention.
It would seem his PR piece about the chain's preparedness was nothing more than another example of his bluster in light of the revelation of this serious failure.
Calls must be made to Tim Martin to ensure he understands this position cannot be permitted to endure. Perhaps he needs to close his chain down to ensure his putative £11m programme is effectively rolled out and his staff re-trained in deployment of the measures.The Independent earlier wrote: JD Wetherspoon has revealed plans to open 875 of its pubs with staff on hand to monitor social distancing and temperature checks for employees.
The chain said it was investing £11m to ensure the safety of its customers and staff when it gets the green light from the government to reopen.
It will operate with a “slightly reduced menu” and hand sanitiser dispensers will be placed around the pub, as well as at the entrance.
Staff will also have to complete a daily health assessment questionnaire and have their temperatures checked before they can work, and the chain said it would provide gloves, masks and protective eyewear.