A PUB chain has announced to the public that some of its Oxfordshire pubs will remain closed after July 4, without first notifying staff.

The Falklands Arms in Great Tew near Chipping Norton and The Victoria Arms in Old Marston run by Wadworth will stay shut, despite the hospitality industry being allowed to reopen.

UPDATE: Wadworth has said the sites will remain temporarily closed  because they will be impacted by social distancing more than others.

On both Facebook pages, a statement said: "Wadworth have no plans to open this pub for the foreseeable future.

We ask for your patience and support - and we will update on our plans in due course."

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Emma Giles, staff member at the Falklands Arms commented: “Rather upsetting that us staff see this announcement on FB (Facebook) rather than in our personal emails first?

“We are all 100 per cent dedicated and loyal to this pub and our valued customers who we love. This is a big kick in the teeth for us all to see this on here first! Inconsiderate post Wadworth!”

Another person, Jan Bartlett, commented saying bosses had made the wrong move.

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She said: "This is so upsetting and such bad practice for the brewery to just coldly issue a blanket post after all the commitment, unsocial hours and loyalty shown by their staff. They are writing off what is often the hub of rural communities at a stroke."