Wetherspoons says 66 staff have tested positive for Covid

Pub chain’s founder says ‘risk is low’ and the UK has adopted a ‘big brother’ approach

JD Wetherspoon has said 66 employees out of its workforce of more than 41,000 have tested positive for Covid-19 as it maintained that its pubs are safe for drinkers and diners.

The firm’s announcement came after concerns were raised last month that the chain was failing to prevent overcrowding in its pubs, which are popular with young people due to their comparatively low prices for alcohol and food.

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