British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has defended restrictions imposed on the hospitality sector, stating that similar measures have been introduced elsewhere in Europe.
Boris Johnson says the UK Government is not an "outlier" in its decision to limit people's time in bars and pubs to curb the spread of coronavirus.
His comments come as the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) say further lockdown restrictions targeting the industry will lead to permanent closures and job losses.
Under Britain's new tier system for local lockdowns, areas that are placed in the "very high" alert level will see bars and pubs close, along with a ban on social mixing indoors.
"We are not an outlier in this, in the sense that I think they've closed the bars in Paris, and in Berlin they've got the first curfew since 1949, so across Europe and elsewhere you can see people tackling this in very similar ways," Johnson told a press conference on Monday.
The new local lockdown measures will be applied to Liverpool on Wednesday, resulting in the closure of its bars and pubs, unless they serve food and alcohol as part of a sit-down meal.
The BBPA said there were about 970 pubs in the areas affected by the lockdown.
"Singling out pubs for closure and further restrictions is simply the wrong decision and grossly unfair," BBPA chief executive Emma McClarkin said.
She said Public Health England figures showed hospitality was responsible for just three per cent of total transmissions.
"Where is the merit in closing pubs to combat the virus based on that information?" she said.
Leaders in the night-time economy have launched a legal challenge over the impending lockdown rules.
Night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester Sacha Lord said lawyers have been instructed to seek a judicial review into any further restrictions on hospitality and entertainment venues across northern England.
Trade body The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) said the measures have "no scientific rationale" and could have a "catastrophic impact" on late-night businesses.
Lord, co-creator of the Parklife festival, said leaders in Greater Manchester have not seen any tangible scientific evidence to merit a full closure of venues in the area.
"We have therefore been left with little choice but to escalate the matter further," he said.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said the government will resist any legal challenge to closures of pubs and restaurants.
"I think they will find that if they challenge the government we do have robust evidence for doing this," he told Sky News.
"The evidence shows that there is a higher risk of transmissions in hospitality settings.
"There is academic evidence from the United States."