Long before the lockdown began many pubs were struggling with hundreds closing in recent years. Now, of course, their doors remain shut as they wait for restrictions to be lifted.
However, many claim that may be too late as they are forced to pay rent while their businesses dry up.
- ITV News Meridian report by Andy Dickenson
Charlie Piper-Hodgson and Thais Robertson grew up around this pub.
They've run it for three years and invested more than £100,000 into it but all that is now at risk.
The future of their business is souring while the beer in their cellar goes stale.
- Charlie Piper-Hodgson and Thais Robertson- Publicans
During all the crisis that have befallen Britain in recent centuries pubs have forever stayed open, until Coronavirus.
Many pubs say while their doors are closed their debts are mounting.
As most tenants are also the guarantors all their assets could be up for grabs, even if they're declared bankrupt.
For some pubs with greater freedom, there are greater options. This micro-pub in Bournemouth is now a weekend take-away.
- Pamela Skuce- Pub owner
Meanwhile, the Shepherds Neame brewery in Kent - which owns 240 pubs - says its cancelled the rent for all its tenants with no bills to pay at all.
In a statement, the Stonegate Pub Company told us it has a multi-million pound support package for publicans, offering credit against future stock and a price rise postponement.
However, some of our beloved pubs still say this could be one lock-in they will not survive.