UKHospitality, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), and the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) have written a joint letter to government to highlight the need for certainty around the move to step four of the government’s roadmap.

The letter, to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, and Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng, sets out how continued uncertainty is exacerbating workforce challenges, with workers losing confidence in the hospitality sector as one that offers stable careers.

It also conveys the significant additional costs being incurred by businesses in terms of staffing, in order to comply with the rules around ordering and table and test and trace requirements.

According to the associations, each further month of trading at reduced capacity reduces revenues by a further £3bn. The sector has already seen 12,000 hospitality businesses close over the past year, and the letter urges the government to consider the risk any further delay would have on businesses viability.

A spokesperson for the trade bodies said: “The government is assessing potential risks around removing all restrictions on the 21st June and we urge them to follow their own roadmap, if the data supports it, and to allow the hospitality and pub sector to open free of restrictions.

“We urge them to fully consider the significant risk that a delay would result in business failures and job losses in every community across the UK. Our members’ businesses are extremely fragile and only the dropping of restrictions and the extension of the business rates holiday in England until April 2022, will enable them to snap back at the heart of the economic recovery.”