Yummy Pub Co's Tim Foster: "Show me evidence we're unsafe or we reopen"

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Publican Tim Foster says he will break lockdown restrictions and open his pub The Wire Mill in Surrey unless the Government can provide proof that it is unsafe to do so.

In a string of tweets, The Yummy Pub Co’s ‘head of being awesome’ is asking for evidence from Boris Johnson and the Government on why it unsafe to reopen his venue by 5pm today (25 November) otherwise he will break the England lockdown rules and reopen his venue, stating: “[I’ve] been in handcuff before, will do it again for what is right”.

In the tweets he says: “So. It’s decided, unless the UK government can provide me with evidence studies unequivocal reports that @thewiremill is unsafe, by 1700hrs 25.11.20 I’ll be opening my pub. This is just the beginning.

“UK government has asked of us; we’ve invested, we played by the rules, we’ve done the utmost to help those that can’t. But it’s apparent @10DowningStreet are lead by scientists that fu*ked the pony in L.1.0 My R open.

“Let’s do this kids!! Until the government lead by @BorisJohnson can show us; evidence tangible studies (lefts face if they’ve had time) proof. We open for trade TOMORROW.”

Foster’s comments come after news that hospitality venues will not be included in the Government’s so-called ‘Christmas bubble’​ that allows up to three households to meet between 23-27 December.

“I’m done with fighting for what I’ve built over 12 years giving inspiration to hundreds of kids, delighting millions of customers for what?,” he says. “A tweet to tell me how I can trade my business that delivered millions, millions of £££ to government. F*ck them.”

Foster also admits that his business partners are not happy with his decision, but says: “I’ve got a third of it so a third of all my pubs open. F*ck this government.”

He says that if the Government can show him evidence that pubs are unsafe and need to remain closed, while most of retail and gyms can reopen once the second lockdown ends, then he will stop. “Until then, pubs open,” he says.

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