The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has urged the government for a clear timeline and a “roadmap to recovery” as the coronavirus crisis has wreaked havoc on the sector.
It comes as the government announced it will unveil a plan for reopening the economy after 22 February.
The BBPA said trading restrictions and lockdowns knocked sales by 56% – worth £7.8bn – last year.
A Government spokesperson said: “We will set out our plan for reopening schools and, gradually, the economy in the week of 22 February. Ministers regularly engage with the sector to understand their concerns and discuss how the sector can restart when it is safe to do so.
“We have put in place one of the most comprehensive and generous packages of business support in the world worth £280 billion. This includes a new one-off grant worth up to £9,000, VAT relief, various loan schemes, a business rates holiday as well as the extended furlough scheme.”