Plans for easing social distancing rules have been “thrown into disarray” by the Indian variant, a government source has told The Telegraph.

Government insiders told The Telegraph that the public may have to wait until June 14 – almost four weeks away – to hear what will change after announcements due next week were delayed.

It comes after the prime minister suggested he would make a further announcement in the coming days.

The hospitality industry desperately wants to avoid the prospect of having to serve at limited capacity after June 21.

There are concerns the sector may have to abide by the “one metre plus” rule, table service requirements and ban on standing at the bar into July, which could have a major financial impact on businesses.

Asked whether a mass lifting of social distancing rules on June 21 could be ditched, a Department of Health source said: “No decisions have been made, but they are the type of things that are being discussed. The general mood is a bit more cautious.” 

Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality, said: “We know that all hospitality businesses are not profitable and not viable as long as social distancing measures remain in place.

“June 21 has always been a backstop to give businesses certainty, knowing when they can move forward to viability. Our fear is that we may lose that as a result of the current reviews. Restrictions may be lifted in part, not wholly, and businesses may be left in limbo.”

Johnson said on Tuesday that he hoped to know more in about the scale of threat posed by the Indian variant in the next “few days”.