Pubs in Britain are expected to serve half the number of pints over the coming bank holiday weekend than usual – estimated to be around 21 million, according to the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

The trade body said that despite a positive look first week of indoor trading, the capacity restrictions in place in pubs significantly reduce the number of customers coming through the doors, with the sector expected to lose out on around £80m in sales, solely from pints of beer, this weekend.

Around 95% of the UK’s 47,000 pubs have now re-opened it said, but around 2,000 sites remain closed as they are too small to implement social distancing or be viable for table service only.

Emma McClarkin, chief executive, BBPA, said: “Revenues for pubs this bank holiday weekend will be £80 million lower than normal when it comes to beer sales. That is a huge amount of money and could be the difference between surviving or thriving for thousands of pubs in communities across the country.

She added: “As more and more people get their vaccine, and if reports continue to suggest that the Indian variant is less prevalent than originally believed, all restrictions must be removed in pubs on 21 June as per the government’s own roadmap.

“Pubs only have a fighting chance of recovering from more than a year of lockdowns and restrictions if they can fully reopen as normal.”