JW Lees has launched a ‘JW Lees C-19 safe’ campaign to reassure employees and customers that it will provide a safe environment for everyone when they reopen.

It said that it was planning to reopen its pubs with “one metre plus” distancing measures which will take place from 4 July to 5 August with “all pubs being individually risk-assessed and applying the ‘JW Lees C-19 safe’ guidelines which we have been busy developing over the last three months.”

It said the delay to reopening its pubs in Wales, which has yet to confirm a reopening date, was “frustrating” but “we trust that this will not be delayed for too long”.

JW MD William Lees-Jones said it feels “slightly surreal to be welcoming colleagues back to work after such a long time. I’ve only been to the brewery three times since lockdown started and we will all now need to get used to new ways of doing things.

“We have been planning for this day for such a long time and I feel confident that the team will now execute the plan that we have been carefully crafting.

“I am especially looking forward to July 4th personally, since I have stuck to my promise to not to touch a drop of alcohol for the whole of lockdown.

“I cannot wait to taste my fist pint of JW Lees Cask Bitter and it feels like it’s been a very long time. I am sure that many JW Lees fans are feeling the same.”