The government’s aim to end all restrictions by 21 June is “in the balance”, according to a leading scientific adviser, with ministers wanting more time to make a decision.

According to reports, Professor Neil Ferguson, of Imperial College London, said the data would become clearer in the next two to three weeks, meaning no certainty can be given now.

Responding to these comments Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock told the House of Commons that it was too early for the government to say whether it will be able to stick to the roadmap date. “I desperately want us to, but we will only do that if it’s safe,” he said.

A planned announcement by Boris Johnson on the end of social distancing has been postponed from this week to next and may be delayed further while data is analysed on the Indian variant.

During MCA’s The Conversation this week, Kate Nicholls, chief executive, UKHospitality said that the situation with regards to the 21 June date was an “everchanging daily situation”, and that the industry was at “the maximum point of uncertainty”.

However based the data so far it looked like the industry was back on track to be able to open with no restrictions on that date.

“The feedback I have had was that was the date that was going to be stuck to by hell or high water, in terms of reopening closed parts of the economy and looking to remove as many of those social distancing restrictions as possible,” she told listeners.