Industry trade bodies have called on government to ensure any new lockdown measures are targeted, proportional and accompanied by a credible financial support package.

In a letter to chancellor Rishi Sunak and health secretary Matt Hancock, UK Hospitality, the BBPA and the BII have reiterated their support for the introduction of a tiered system of restrictions but emphasised that they must be regional with criteria communicated to businesses and consumers clearly.

The restrictions must also be accompanied by immediate financial support, the letter said, such as a grant of 5% of the rateable value per week, uninhibited by State Aid rules or rateable value caps, and an amendment to the Jobs Support Scheme to allow a reduced minimum number of hours worked for businesses under restrictions (0% for closed businesses, rising to 20% for mid-level restricted businesses).

Other recommended measures include an extension of the business rates holiday through 2021 and 2022, with VAT remaining at 5% through next year, and support on the issue of unpaid rent.

“If the Government decides to implement this tiered strategy, it is vital that the terms of the new system are communicated clearly and quickly,” said the trade bodies in a joint statement. “We hope that the Government will also engage with us to ensure that any restrictions are proportionate, effective and avoid the potential for further business failures.

“Central to this working will be a comprehensive package of financial support to ensure that businesses survive and jobs kept secure. Our sector has been hit hardest of all by this crisis and we desperately want to avoid further catastrophe, while making sure public safety remains the priority.”