Eat Out to Help Out scheme begins

Eat Out to Help Out scheme begins

The hospitality industry entered the next stage of its recovery from lockdown, as the government’s Eat Out to Help Out Scheme began yesterday (3rd August). As of last week, more than 53,000 outlets across the UK were signed up to the initiative that sees eat-in diners receive a 50% discount (up to a maximum of £10 per person) on food and non-alcoholic drinks on any Monday to Wednesday in August. Diners can take advantage of the offer as many times as they like during the month.

“Our restaurants, cafés and bars play a vital role in our economy, employing more than a million people,” said chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak. “They have been hit hard by coronavirus, so it’s vital we do everything we can to help them recover.

“Our Eat Out to Help Out scheme is designed to get more customers through the door – protecting jobs by giving businesses the confidence to retain and hire staff. More than 53,000 businesses across the country have already signed up, and [customers] can find one near you with the online finder.”

Participating outlets must wait seven days from registration to make their first claim, with all eligible claims being paid within five working days. Claims can be submitted weekly. You can sign up here.

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