'Of course I’ll go': Boris Johnson’s father to ignore son’s coronavirus advice and go to pub

The prime minister’s father has said he would ignore his son’s advice about the coronavirus and still go to the pub.

Stanley Johnson said in a TV interview on Tuesday: “Of course I’ll go to a pub if I need to go to a pub.”

Stanley Johnson, father of Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, arrives to speak on stage at Trafalgar Square,  during the third day of climate change demonstrations by the Extinction Rebellion group in central London, on October 9, 2019. - Demonstrations occurred in 60 cities around the world this week, with thousands taking to the streets of New Delhi, Cape Town, Paris, Vienna, Madrid, and Buenos Aires. Extinction Rebellion is demanding that governments drastically cut carbon emissions. (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES / AFP) (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES/AFP via Getty Images)
Stanley Johnson said he would go to the pub despite his son's government's official coronavirus advice. (AFP via Getty Images)

His comments came a day after his son, Boris Johnson, told the nation to avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other social venues.

The government has introduced social distancing in an effort to tackle the spread of Covid-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a press conference on the ongoing COVID-19 situation in London on March 16, 2020. (Photo by Richard Pohle / POOL / AFP) (Photo by RICHARD POHLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Prime minister Boris Johnson told the nation to avoid pubs on Monday because of the coronavirus (AFP via Getty Images)

Latest coronavirus news, updates and advice

Live: Follow all the latest updates from the UK and around the world

Fact-checker: The number of Covid-19 cases in your local area

Explained: Symptoms, latest advice and how it compares to the flu

The prime minister said the advice was particularly important for people over 70, who are set to be asked to self-isolate for 12 weeks from this weekend.

But his father, who is 79, said he would defy the official advice if he need to go for a drink.

Speaking on ITV’s This Morning, he said landlords “don’t want people to be not in the pub at all”.

His comments come as the industry voices concern that the measures could result in mass job losses and permanent pub closures.

Johnson suggested his son’s government would produce a major financial package to support businesses.

Watch the video below

“The big picture is we are going to get on top of this, we’re going to make sure that the National Health Services are not overwhelmed in terms of the people it has in intensive care,” he said.

Read more: Funeral bosses to develop 'contingency plans' for coronavirus crisis

“Look at what’s already happened, the fact the prime minister made the speech he made yesterday has already had the effect of emptying the streets, emptying the pubs, emptying the theatres, and yes, the government will come through with a package of measures to compensate those people – I’m sure it will – this afternoon the chancellor will say something, so I think we’re on the right track.”

Stanley Johnson (L), father of Conservative MP Boris Johnson, congratulates his son after he delivered his Conservative Party leadership campaign launch in London on June 12, 2019. - Boris Johnson launched his campaign Wednesday to replace Theresa May as Britain's next leader, as lawmakers moved to stop him and other hardliners from delivering a "no deal" Brexit. The former foreign secretary is the favourite among 10 candidates to succeed May, who quit after failing to take Britain out of the European Union on schedule. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Stanley Johnson said he would not heed his son Boris's advice on avoiding the pub during the coronavirus outbreak. (AFP via Getty Images)

He suggested the government could adopt the kind of measures announced by French president Emmanuel Macron to support citizens and businesses in response to the “mind-boggling” events.

Asked if he would go to a pub, Johnson said: “Of course I’ll go to a pub if I need to go to a pub.”

Read more: British tourists ignore Spanish coronavirus restrictions by drinking outside

Presenter Phillip Schofield asked what his son would say in response to that comment.

Johnson said: “No, he said, you know, we should avoid going to pubs, but if I had to go to a pub I’d go to a pub.”

Asked by fellow guest Vanessa Feltz why he would “have to go” to a pub, Johnson said: “Well, because the people who run pubs need a little bit of people, don’t they?

“They don’t want people to be not in the pub at all, that’s my line.”