A Burton pub landlady says Freedom Day being postponed is a "devastating blow" for her boozer.
Emma Golding, who pulls pints at The Grove, in Stapenhill, says another four weeks of lockdown restrictions will have a big impact on her business.
She was speaking after Boris Johnson announced yesterday how plans to lift covid restrictions were being put back until July 19 at the earliest.
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He is concerned about the Delta variant sweeping through the UK and says he will use the next month to vaccinate as many people as possible.
However, it comes as unwelcome news for many pub and restaurant owners, who must continue operating with capacity limits and table service.
Ms Golding, 30, said: "It's not good for us as the restrictions are having an impact on us.
"We still can't trade at full capacity, but all our bills are still the same as always.
"Table service is a nightmare as it takes three times longer than usual to serve customers and we can't afford to put extra staff on.
"The industry is really suffering and having another four weeks isn't going to help.
"I'm sure they don't realise how much of an impact it has on small businesses, especially in the hospitality industry.
"I feel the Government could've seriously stopped this from happening if they'd kept the borders shut and learnt from last year's mistakes in not shutting them quick enough.
"It's another devastating blow and I hope help is there for rates and to stop demands on rent to be paid back from July 1."
However, David Rowe, landlord of the Three Horseshoes, in Barton, says he understands Mr Johnson's move, which he believes will be beneficial in the long run.
He said: "I've always taken the long-term view. If these measures save another lockdown, then so be it.
"The June date was always a 'nothing will happen before this date'; I think people misunderstood that and that's the danger once you put a timeline on it.
"Pubs and hospitality are open all be in a limited capacity, but we have the Euros and summer around the corner, which allows us to utilise the outside.
"It's more important that we are open up by Autumn than Summer and if we have to suffer the short-term pain for the long-term gain, then so be it."
Bal Khatri, owner of the Gurkha Lounge, in Station Street, said: "Since reopening as a indoor eating in service, things have been good and I am seeing a lot of my regular customers back.
"To be honest, we didn't have any large bookings for after the 21st of June, so we wont be affected by any cancellations.
"It is too early to see if people will avoid going out. I am staying positive that it will not make a difference, but you never know how people will react.
"Overall we are doing well. I am happy with how our customers have reacted to us reopening and I am confident they will continue to support us."
Bablu Miah, owner of the Claypot Lounge, in New Street said: "I have been following the recent surge, particularly in the Staffordshire area (primarily Leek, where there has been a significant outbreak of the Delta variant), and with increase daily numbers I wasn't too surprised 'freedom' day had been delayed.
"My customers who have been visiting the restaurant in the past couple of weeks have been predicting this also.
"It is a shame that all settings are not allowed to open as a business owner myself I know how difficult it would be.
"Just like me, I'm sure the businesses that are closed would've been getting ready to open on the 21st and even spending money on refurbs.
"For me, business has also been slow, which I did expect, as people are still being cautious in their approach.
"The ones that have been dinning with us over the past couple of weeks have taken precautions and have been adhering to rules, which I am thankful for. I just hope this is just a minor blip and July should bring us some normality."
James Weekes, owner of the Dial bar and restaurant, in Station Street said: "We have had to cancel some larger bookings which were booked in for after June 26, but we have no choice but do follow the rules.
"The extension was on the cards; we were expecting it and it won't affect us too much.
"We need to get back to normal as soon as possible and we will fully support anything to ensure we don't go into another lockdown."
Varun Kundra, owner of Venezzia, in Station Street said: "It won't really change anything for us as the restaurant is spacious enough to maintain social distancing.
"So there's no disappointment from the announcement as the decision is made in the best interest and safety of people."