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UK boss gives all staff 12 April off work to go to pub beer gardens

After months of waiting, pubs are finally able to welcome patrons back in an al fresco capacity. And one boss has decided to mark the occasion by giving his entire staff today off work to enjoy the newfound freedom. 

People enjoy a drink in pub beer gardens

Yes, in a gallant move to allow his staff some much-needed time off amid the coronavirus pandemic, and as a way to support hospitality venues, Chris Donnelly, chief executive of digital marketing company Verb Brands, has given workers today off to enjoy pub beer gardens and some retail therapy.

“It has been a horrid time for so many people across so many sectors.” Donnelly told the Daily Mail.

“The pubs and shops are opening up after months and I just want employees to know how much they are appreciated and to enjoy this day for themselves, not spend it sat in the office.

“Landlords and high street retailers need a boost too so I’m happy for my lot to spend the day supporting these businesses.

“And if they want to spend the day in bed – then good for them.”

Chris Donnelly lets staff off work for pub beer gardens day
Credit: Linkedin/ Chris Donnelly

The struggle for hospitality venues to stay above water during the coronavirus pandemic has been well-documented. Last month, we reported the news that some 5,000 independent bars, pubs and restaurants are now gone for good as a result of our lockdowns and venue closures. This represents more than 65% of all closures in the hospitality sector during the past year.

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