Around 19,000 pubs may not be able to reopen again following the coronavirus crisis, hospitality bosses have warned.

It comes as Boris Johnson tonight announced parts of the hospitality sector - including pubs and bars - must remain closed until at least July.

The Prime Minister said that though he hoped some venues could begin to open within months, the UK should "not be driven by economic necessity".

He also said the sector will be able to reopen subject to conditions and more scientific advice and only if numbers back it up.

Industry bosses have warned that if restrictions last until the end of summer, thousands of businesses could close down permanently.

They also expressed dismay at being "first in and last out" of lockdown.

Others have called for more clarity on how the Government plans to ease restrictions - and acknowledged that it could take up to 12 weeks before even a "partial awakening" of the sector.

Pubs and bars won't be able to reopen until at least July

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has warned that up 40 per cent of Britain's pubs cannot survive beyond September with the current level of financial support being offered by the Government.

Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the BBPA, said despite looking for a "glimmer of hope", the industry now faced further weeks of uncertainty.

"With insufficient clarity as to when pubs will reopen, our sector remains in limbo and facing severe uncertainty and financial devastation," she said.

Industry bosses expressed dismay at being 'first in and last out' of lockdown

"If Government plans to keep pubs closed until the final phase of release, as rumoured, this would make pubs first in and last out of lockdown.

"Despite this, the Government hasn't outlined any specific additional financial support for pubs to assure and help them through the extended lockdown hardship they face.

"We understand that pubs should only open when safe to do so, but extending the lockdown without offering additional support will be devastating."

The hospitality sector will have to follow strict guidelines

She added that the closure of so many "social hubs" would result in "immeasurable damage to the wellbeing of our nation".

James Calder, chief executive of the Society of Independent Brewers (Siba) said: "This is a marathon, not a sprint and we continue to be at the core of discussions with Government about how our heritage, our culture and our right to have a good pint in a good pub is maintained for the long term.

"We will of course not put any pressure on Government to open pubs and taprooms ahead of when it is safe to do so.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressing the nation about coronavirus tonight

"But we will put pressure where it is needed to ensure our sector has a fighting chance of survival."

In his address tonight, Mr Johnson set out the steps in which measures would be modified, the last of which addressed the hospitality sector.

He said: "At the earliest by July - and subject to all these conditions and further scientific advice; if and only if the numbers support it, we will hope to reopen at least some of the hospitality industry and other public places, provided they are safe and enforce social distancing," he said.

Hospitality bosses fear almost 19,000 may not be able to reopen following the crisis

"Throughout this period of the next two months, we will be driven not by mere hope or economic necessity.

"We are going to be driven by the science, the data and public health."

Mr Johnson noted our way of life has undeniably changed when looking around at "darkened pubs and restaurants."

He said in his statement this evening: "We must stay alert. We must continue to control the virus and save lives.

"And yet we must also recognise that this campaign against the virus has come at colossal cost to our way of life.

"We can see it all around us in the shuttered shops and abandoned businesses and darkened pubs and restaurants."