Wetherspoon slammed after ‘anti-lockdown’ posters appear in pub windows

A Wetherspoon pub has been criticised online after posters appeared in the windows which social media users claim show "misleading" information about Covid.

Pub giant Wetherspoon has been asked by social media users to take down three leaflets put up in the window of The London & Rye pub in Catford, southeast London.

Posting a picture of the signs online, one user said: "Hey Wetherspoons. Can you take down the Covid posters you’ve stuck up in your pub windows?"

They added: "One’s in Catford, 500m from Lewisham Hospital, which is full of Covid patients. Your posters just encourage people to ignore the lockdown restrictions. Come on."

One of the posters references an article written by Ross Clark, a freelance journalist, that challenged the Government’s response to Covid.

Other images show headlines of articles written about the justification of lockdown, a Covid measure that has hit the hospitality industry hard.

The posters have been slammed online by people believe they’re "spreading misinformation" that could "cause harm" if they’re believed, a claim Wetherspoon denies.

One user said: "It's not a question of opinion. They are blatantly wrong. They are spreading misinformation which, if believed, will cause harm by people then not taking the situation sufficiently seriously."

A second said: "I was already never visiting one again because of their CEO’s opinions on Brexit, but this is another reason."

With a third adding: "Despicable. I will never go to a Wetherspoons again after this is over.”

Users also suggested the posters have been put up in other Wetherspoons locations, with one user claiming: "I saw the ones in Brockley the other day and thought it was a bit much."

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Another questioned: "Christ, what % of Wetherspoons customers have underlying causes?"

Several urged people to boycott the chain for the images, with others frankly stating: "This is hideous."

In a statement, a Wetherspoon spokesman told the Daily Star: "We completely refute claims that Wetherspoon has produced posters that are anti-Covid and encourage people to ignore lockdown.

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"This is simply untrue.

"Wetherspoon has amalgamated a series of articles and letters from newspapers such as The Guardian, New Statesman and Telegraph, with comments from eminent doctors, scientists and lawyers, which challenge the government’s position on lockdowns.

"The articles have been reproduced in an online version of Wetherspoon News and the posters in the pub windows draw attention to the magazine.

"In general, Wetherspoon is inclined towards the Swedish approach in dealing with the virus, which emphasises social distancing measures and hygiene rather than lockdowns.

"No country is immune from the serious consequences of Covid-19 but the Swedish approach seems to be producing better health and economic outcomes than the UK's."

The Daily Star has approached Ross Clark for comment.

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