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Pub gardens in England could open from 22 June
Opening beer gardens before the end of the month would give struggling pubs a psychological boost but most would still lose money, JD Wetherspoonâ€™s founder, Tim Martin, has said.
The government is reportedly ready to let pub beer gardens in England reopen from 22 June as part of plans drawn up by a group of ministers, dubbed the â€œSave Summer Sixâ€, who are looking at ways to restart the hospitality industry earlier than initially planned.
The proposals, first reported in the Financial Times, would allow some of the 27,000 pubs that have outdoor space to serve customers for the first time in three months.
Martin, the chairman of JD Wetherspoon, said: â€œFew pubs will be able to make a profit using outdoor space only but partial reopening will provide a psychological boost to a beleaguered industry.
â€œIt will signal the intent of the government to make progress towards normality, which will be welcome.â€
Almost 700 of Wetherspoonsâ€™ 867 pubs have a beer garden, roof terrace or patio and the company has previously set out plans for a coronavirus pandemic-era pub involving bar staff wearing goggles and protective screens between tables.