The chief executive of Burger King UK has said the fast-food chain has not made its rent payments for April. Alasdair Murdoch told the BBC's Today programme that he could not see the firm paying for some time to come.
Burger King is one of several High Street restaurant chains to have asked the chancellor for a nine-month rent holiday during the coronavirus crisis.
As well as Burger King, Mr Downey has persuaded bosses at other chains such as Wahaca and Nando's to back his plea.
"The idea is fairly simple and won't cost the taxpayer a thing," Mr Downey said.
No-one in the industry "expects to get back to anything like normal until mid-2021 at the earliest," he said.
"Without some extraordinary next measures we estimate that more than half of hospitality businesses and as many as two million jobs will not survive," he warned.