Pub owner forced to throw 50 workers on the dole if Boris Johnson cancels Xmas

A PUBLICAN will be forced to close all five of his boozers if Boris Johnson cancels Christmas — throwing 50 of his workers on the dole.

Christian Burns’ grandfather, dad and sons have all run pubs in Bishop Auckland, Co Durham.

His business now boasts a £4million-a-year turnover.

But the pubs boss has vowed to call time once and for all next month if he is denied vital festive takings.

The 62-year-old — in the trade for 40 years — told The Sun: “I’ve already had to let 30 staff go. I’m very close to calling it a day now.

“I’d planned to grow the business this year but the £4million I hoped to take is down to £200,000.

“If Boris cancels Christmas the decision to close will be made for me. It’s heart-breaking to see so many people in my business at their wit’s end with so much mental anguish.

"People with families are dazed and bemused.

“People aren’t getting Covid in pubs. They get it because they’re socialising at home while the pubs are shut.

“It makes my blood boil seeing pubs going to the wall as people stagger out of supermarkets with booze.”

A Campaign For Pubs spokesman said: “We’re calling for a return to the rule of six in pubs.”

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