Pub giant JD Wetherspoon has confirmed why a popular Stoke-on-Trent pub isn’t among the 44 to reopen from Monday.
Yesterday it announced that the Reginald Mitchell in Hanley will be welcoming punters back next week.
But the Wheatsheaf in Stoke is to remain closed for the time being.
Customers will have to wait until May at the earliest, when there will be further relaxations of the lockdown restrictions.
The company confirmed confirmed the Wheatsheaf’s outdoor seating area is ‘too small’ to use while complying with the coronavirus guidelines.
Wetherspoon chief executive John Hutson said: “We are looking forward to opening the extra pubs in England as well as those in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
“We look forward to welcoming our customers and staff back to our pubs.”
From next week the company will be opening 44 pubs in England, 60 in Scotland and 32 in Wales. It means 533 of the company’s 871 venues will be open.
From April 26 all Wetherspoon pubs, including those that opened on April 12, will be extending their opening times for an extra hour each day.
Customers will be able to enter the pubs to gain access to the outside area and also to use toilets.
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