The hospitality sector has reported just 1,728 infections across the UK workforce in the 14 weeks since reopening, out of approximately 20m work shifts.

The UK Hospitality research reveals an infection rate of 0.48% of employees over the entire period.

The survey covered 568 businesses, across 12,522 venues and employing 358,000 people.

Meanwhile operators reported 780 customers had been infected with the virus during the same period out of an estimated 250m customer visits in the premises surveyed.

This means the infection rate is therefore 0.0003% of all customer visits.

Across this same cohort the survey asked how many contacts had been received from the Test & Trace system.

The response rate was just 104 contacts, a tiny fraction of the 250m customer visits.

UK Hospitality CEO Kate Nicholls said: “While there are different data available on infection rates the data that we have collected paints a picture of what we have seen and has been identified to the hospitality sector. This is that there is an extremely low level of transmission in the hospitality sector, confirming the view that measures specifically targeting the hospitality sector are unjustified and should be reconsidered.”