UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to protect pubs, clubs and hotels from changes to the Government’s furlough payment scheme, that will include more salary contributions from most employees.

He is expected to tell most employers that, under a revised version of the CJRS, they can bring employees back part-time with the Government paying up to 50% of salaries while businesses cover the rest.

As the hospitality sector has been hard hit by social distancing, meaning the number of customers they could allow in would be around one in six of their normal capacity, Mr Sunak is being urged to make a special dispensation for the industry and to continue to allow pubs, restaurants and hotels to access up to 80% of salaries for furloughed staff until social distancing measures are eased.