After today’s government press conference this is a publicans reply. (a view shared by many)
The statement advising people to avoid pubs is the worst thing the prime minister could have said.
He’s leaving it up to us whether we close, effectively handing the leadership of this crisis over to publicans to decide how fast or slow the virus spreads – a decision we are utterly incapable of making, partly because we having no fucking idea, and partly because voluntary closures don’t attract any support from insurance or other sources.
So if we close, we probably go bust. But if we stay open we might not survive a drop in trade anyway, and we face the prospect of feeling responsible for the spread of disease amongst our customers.
I’m furious right now. We’re trying to work out the right thing to do, but we can’t possibly win here. Every publican will be feeling the same.
Please don’t blame those who stay open, or denounce those who close.
Either way, they probably don’t feel they’ve got any choice.