Wetherspoons boss encouraging staff to take positions at UK supermarkets

Tim Martin

Wetherspoon Chief Executive Tim Martin has today said that his staff can take jobs with supermarkets amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The British pub chain’s 40,000 were told that they should feel free to take jobs at supermarkets while Wetherspoon’s pubs remain closed.

He said: “If you’re offered a job – if you think it’s a good idea, do it.”

The government announced last week that it will pay 80% of salary for workers at firms affected by Covid-19.

All 850 Wetherspoon pubs were closed over the weekend after the government introduced new measures to try to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Martin has been publicly resistant to government advice so far regarding the crisis. He was against the decision to advise consumers on avoiding pubs before more formal measures on closures were introduced. Last week, he branded a shutdown in the face of coronavirus ‘over the top’.