UK Hospitality has warned the cost of a second lockdown to hospitality businesses would be heavier than the first.

With the sector already hit hardest and first, this second shutdown will “hurt for months and years to come,” CEO Kate Nicholls said.

The extension of furlough for a further month will help protect workforces, but it will need the equivalent or more support than that of the first lockdown to survive.

“Hospitality businesses have already been pushed to the limits, with many closures already”, Nicholls said.

“For those that have survived, viability is on a knife edge, as is the future of the tens of thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of jobs that depend on hospitality, including through its supply chain, right across the country.”

Meanwhile, the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) said that 12,000 pubs in the UK – a third of the total - never re-open.

CEO Emma McClarkin described coronavirus as posing a greater than the Second World War for the pub sector.

“Make no mistake, this could be the final straw for thousands of pubs and brewers. It will also create major disruption to our supply chain partners whose businesses are now also at severe risk,” she said.

“The level of financial support will need to be same, if not greater, than that provided for the first lockdown earlier this year. This means grants for all pubs sufficient to cover ongoing fixed costs, and compensation grants for Britain’s brewers who will also be permanently devastated by the lockdown.”

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) said its members would face “a nightmare before Christmas” without an extension of hospitality industry support.

SIBA CEO James Calder said the extension of furlough to December would come as a relief, to keep people in jobs and support them through these difficult times, but would not be enough.

“The evidence clearly shows that when pubs are told to close the impact on small breweries is devastating, with small brewery sales during the first lockdown down 82% on average across the UK,” he said.

“Small breweries still have rent, business rates, beer duty and VAT payments coming up – if they are unable to trade, then they cannot pay these.”