The delayed reopening of hospitality will cost the sector £9bn, bosses have warned, as MPs demanded the Chancellor ramp up support for businesses at the Budget on Wednesday. In a letter sent to Rishi Sunak, a group of 80 MPs warned that pubs, restaurants and hotels have been “ravaged” by the coronavirus crisis and urged the Chancellor to invest in the sector to support the recovery. New figures by trade body UKHospitality revealed that the delayed reopening of businesses would cost £9bn in lost sales and other costs compared with reopening from April 1 and lifting all restrictions by June 21. Under the PM’s roadmap out of lockdown, pubs and restaurants in England could be allowed to serve customers outside from as early as April 12 but will have to wait until May 17 to reopen indoors. Hotels and B&Bs will also be required to wait until May to reopen. UKHospitality warned the staggered reopening plan puts at risk a further 99,000 jobs unless the Government’s furlough scheme is extended beyond April. The sector has lost an estimated 660,000 jobs since the crisis hit.