A closed Wetherspoon pub in Cardiff

British pub chain Wetherspoons has announced that it is planning to reopen its venues “in or around” June.

Wetherspoons chairman Tim Martin and chief executive John Hutson will be taking 50% pay cuts, while other board members will also slash their salaries.

The pub chain said it is also considering taking out a government-backed loan of up to £50m.

The news follows criticism of Mr Martin who told staff to take a job at Tesco after his pubs closed their doors.

“The coronavirus outbreak is having a severe impact on the UK pub sector,” said Mr Martin.

“In these challenging times I would like to thank everyone at the company, its suppliers, landlords, banks and the government for their support and commitment. We’ve had to