More than 500 members of staff at Parogon pubs are unable to work as the company has closed all of its venues – including four in North Staffordshire.
The move by the pub company means The Swan With Two Necks, in Blackbrook, The Wayfarer in Stone, The Orange Tree, in Newcastle and Blockhouse at The Sheet Anchor in Baldwin’s Gate – as well as The Boars Head near Nantwich, The Seven Stars in Brocton and The Red House in Lilleshall – will be temporarily closed from 11pm.
The decision to close the venues was made ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Friday announcement all pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs will shut down.
Now hundreds of customers who were due to visit the venues on Mother’s Day have had their bookings cancelled and staff will be out of work until the sites reopen.
A statement on the company’s Facebook page said: “The coronavirus crisis is affecting us all and it is with enormous sadness that we are temporarily closing our fabulous venues from 11pm on Friday, March 20 until such time as it’s safe to open again.
“We will be doing everything within our power to look after our amazing team members who work so hard to bring joy to our customers at this testing time.
“Thank you to our loyal and supportive guests and please accept our apologies if you have a booking with us, we’ll be in touch.
“We’re already looking forward to seeing you when we’re back open again so please stay safe, we’re in this together.”
Earlier this year Parogon announced that work has officially started on its latest venue – The Broughton Arms, in Balterley near Betley, where 60 new jobs will be created.
It is not yet known whether the work will continue at the venue during this time. Once complete, it is expected the much-anticipated venue will boast a 360-degree bar and a dining area for 120 guests.