Hospitality trade bodies including UKHospitality, the British Beer & Pub Association, the British Institute of Innkeeping and CAMRA, have called on the Prime Minister to delay business rates payments in light on the delay to the roadmap for reopening.

They have sent a letter to Boris Johnson outlining the importance of providing support for the sector, with trading restrictions now in place until at least 19 July, and urging him to delay the reintroduction of business rates payments by at least another three months.

It said that while the reasons for the government pursuing this course of action were understand, and that public health remains the priority, it did not change the fact that hospitality businesses will be suffering acutely for another extended period.

The associations have also asked that he prioritise the additional £1.5 billion business rates support package announced back in March, to ensure eligible businesses such as brewers can apply as soon as possible.

On behalf of the trade bodies, a spokesperson said: “Our sector is facing one of its toughest periods in its history and this latest delay is yet another setback.

“Many pubs cannot break even under current restrictions and around 2,300 still remain closed.

“It is now absolutely critical that the government provides our sector with further support – else the recovery of our pubs will be over before they’ve even been given a chance.”