Pub chain Harvester has declared that it remains open for business irrespective of Boris Johnson’s plea for people to stay away from bars and restaurants.
The Mitchells & Butlers-owned chain, which operates more than 220 branches, said in a statement that its sites are trading and hygiene measures have been stepped up to ensure customer safety.
It said: “We remain open for business. Following the recent announcement made by the government we’d like to emphasise, particularly for guests who still intend on visiting us, that the safety of our guests and team members are our highest priority.
“We have been following the expert advice laid out by the government and Public Health England on how businesses should prepare, react and operate in relation to any further spread of the virus. This advice includes continuing to promote good hygiene across all aspects of daily working practices and the awareness of what steps should be taken if our team members believe they’re experiencing any symptoms.”
The chain said that out of respect for its teams and fellow guests, it asks everyone to follow the same advice.
It said it would await and respond appropriately to further announcements from the government.
Harvester has been operating since 1983, when its first site opened in Morden. The family-focused dining chain offers grills, rotisserie chicken, kids’ dishes and its famous unlimited salad bar.