The progress of the vaccine rollout means hospitality look forward to summer trading with minimal restrictions, Kate Nicholls believes.

The UK Hospitality CEO was speaking in response to news that the vaccination programme is accelerating and that the government expects to hit its target for vaccinating the top nine priority groups early – with all of over-50s receiving vaccinations by April, and the entire UK adult population expected to have received vaccinations by July.

She said the news gives even greater justification for the safe opening up of the hospitality sector from the start of April, when all over 60s and younger vulnerable people will have been vaccinated.

Nicholls said: “Any further delay will be a massive blow for hospitality businesses, their staff and customers.

“With all adults vaccinated by July, the UK public and the hospitality industry can look forward to Summer trading with minimal restrictions.

“We urge the Prime Minister to set out an Easter opening plan for hospitality when he sets out his roadmap on Monday.”