Monday is looking like a big day. Make that another big day. Or maybe they are all big days at the moment, it certainly feels that way. News of CVAs and redundancies blur with curfews and localised lockdowns, or in the case of Scotland a near-total lockdown. The outlook is bleak.

It all feels like bad news right now, the only hope is that the government sees sense and has a rethink over the 10pm curfew, or is forced into scrapping it following the curfew vote, which has been delayed from Tuesday to Monday so the PM can get his whip out.

It will take a big party rebellion to overturn the curfew because every non-conservative MP would have to vote against it and be joined by 79 Tory rebels.

Certainly not impossible, but not especially likely.

The absurdity of the curfew should be cause for hope, however. It’s clearly having a bigger impact on business than the cabal that decided to implement it realised, and if it did have any scientific data to back up the curfew it would have released it already to kill the criticism.

In PMQs yesterday the PM was asked why he didn’t do himself a favour and publish the science that motivated the decision before the vote on Monday, if it exists.

He can’t, because it doesn’t.

Instead what followed was another spell of Boris-blustering which ignored the question and ended up with him attacking the opposition instead. British business, and the public, deserve better than petty party politics at a time like this.

Keir Starmer summed up the muddled situation over localised lockdowns as “ridiculous”. It’s worse than that. Pity the businesses in Scotland slammed by even more restrictive measures yesterday and talk of it happening in the north of England is growing, with reports suggesting the PM has agreed to a regional lockdown on Merseyside and other northern areas.

Anyone can see the rise in cases has largely been generated by the return of schools and universities. Hospitality is not the issue as the official stats make clear. The argument for a rethink of the curfew is equally clear, perhaps the only question is whether the PM is prepared to lose face by performing a volte-face.

Even if sanity prevails on Monday and the message has got through to enough MPs, it will come too late for many.

Yesterday Greene King announced 79 closures and 800 redundancies due to existing pressures being exacerbated by the new curfew. That’s just one example and that’s just one pubco – others are planning similar. So are restaurants. And according to a recent poll by the NTIA, mass redundancies in the night-time economy are now even more inevitable, not just because of the curfew but also the limp support offered by the Winter Economy Plan.

Worse than that, according to the latest Hospitality Leaders Poll 63% of businesses don’t believe they will last six months of the 10pm cut off without government support.

That support is required now, let alone if more restrictive measures are introduced. I don’t blame the government for flailing around as it tries to deal with the torrential impact of the pandemic, but its policies to protect health can’t ignore the devastation they wreak on business. Of course it needs to protect health, but it also needs to protect the economy. And though I don’t envy it having to achieve this balancing act, right now it’s looking lopsided.