BORIS Johnson’s dad has insisted the threat of coronavirus won’t keep him from the pub.
Stanley Johnson, 79, is part of the age group who will be told to self-isolate by the PM, but he said that won’t stop him getting a pint.
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It goes against the very advice set out by his son, Boris, yesterday, who told the whole nation to avoid going down their local boozers to stop the spread of the deadly bug.
Mr Johnson told This Morning: “This (coronavirus) is mind boggling stuff, it’s mind changing and the government is going to be up to it.”
“Of course I’ll go to a pub if I need to go to a pub. (Boris) said we should avoid going to the pub but if I had to go to a pub, I’ll go to a pub.”
The PM announced yesterday restrictive measures to help halt the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.
They included avoiding pubs, clubs, theatres and other busy, enclosed spaces, as well as warning people over the age of 70, and anyone with serious health conditions will have to isolate for 12 weeks from this weekend.
But Boris’ dad said he will still carry on drinking, and his son didn’t mean for everyone to stop heading out for a pint.
When asked exactly why someone would “need” to go to a pub, he said having a pint was his way of keeping local boozers in business.
He said: “The people who run pubs need a little bit of people (in there)… they don’t want people to not be in a pub at all – that’s my line.”
He assured viewers his son’s government was well up to the task keeping the nation on its feet and looking after those who will struggle most with the burden of the new measures.
He said: “I look at the big picture, we are going to get on top of this, we are going to make sure the NHS is not overwhelmed.
“The fact the PM made the speech he had yesterday has already the effect of emptying the streets…we will make sure people do not have to bear the brunt of what is happening themselves.”
Pubs, restaurants shops and cinemas have all started closing up shop after the PM announced his measures.
Many are terrified the coronavirus outbreak will drive them into the ground.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England Jonathan Van-Tam has urged people in “high risk categories” to ensure they are practising social distancing to protect themselves from the deadly bug.
That includes any who gets the flu jab and all asthma sufferers.
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