The government’s U-turn on its ban on takeaway beer from pubs during lockdown has been welcomed by the industry ahead of tomorrow’s restrictions, but concerns have been raised as to how it compares to off-trade restrictions.

The new regulations will allow restaurants and pubs to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises, as long as it has been ordered in advance and customers do not enter the premises to collect it.

Though she criticised the short-notice nature of the announcement, UK Hospitality CEO Kate Nicholls welcomed the decision, calling it a “welcome and helpful clarification” and adding that the channel of revenue was a “lifeline” for many businesses during the first lockdown.

“This also means that the valuable community service that pubs, in particular, provide to communities, can be sustained during a second lockdown, the prospect of which will be concerning many vulnerable and lonely people who suffered during the first lockdown,” she said. “The delivery and collection provisions also represent a common sense approach to minimising waste.

“That those venues can also open as a shop, including as an off licence, is also welcome.”

Brewhouse & Kitchen CEO Kris Gumbrell said the move was a “tremendous result,” and that it would “make a significant difference” to the sector.

“What we noticed [during the first lockdown] is that businesses evolve through a crisis, and also the guest evolves through a crisis as well,” he told Radio 4’s Today Programme. “People miss pubs, they miss the connection, they miss the community part of what a pub actually means, so they want to support their local pub.

“Giving a pub the opportunity to open up a new revenue stream was really critical in helping to pay those bills.”

Emma McClarkin, British Beer and Pub Association said the turnaround was “movement” but “still not anywhere near enough.”

“Supermarkets and off-licences can still sell alcohol, so this is grossly unfair on pubs with off-licences,” she told the BBC. “It remains the case that to help pubs and brewers survive, and to stop up to 7.5 million pints from being wasted, the government needs to give pubs the same ability to sell off-licence alcohol as it did in the first lockdown.”