The Government’s new “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme launches in August, giving people the opportunity to get 50 per cent off their meal bills.
The scheme is an attempt to encourage the public to support the struggling restaurant industry as the economy looks to recover from the coronavirus lockdown.
How does the Eat Out to Help Out scheme work?
People who dine out from Monday to Wednesday in August will get 50 per cent off the price of their meals, up to the value of £10 a head. Alcohol is not included.
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This means a family of four can save £40 on a meal worth £80.
The rest of the bill is picked up by the Government.
No vouchers will be required. Instead, the establishments will claim the money back from the Government. The money will be transferred into their bank accounts within five working days.
Which restaurants are included?
Any hospitality business that serves food is eligible to sign up, whether it is a large chain or an individual business.
The discount only applies to eating out, and cannot be used for takeaways.
Here are the restaurant chains that have announced they are taking part:
- All Bar One
- Burger King
- Frankie & Benny’s
- Pizza Hut
- Toby Carvery
To find out if smaller chains and individual restaurants are taking part in the scheme you should contact directly for now, or they may have posted about it on social media.
The Government is set to launch an online tool so people can easily search for eligible restaurants ahead of the launch. It has also released a range of posters for participating restaurants to use.
Announcing the scheme, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “I know people are cautious about going out. But we wouldn’t have lifted the restrictions if we didn’t think we could do so, safely.
“Each week in August, businesses can then claim the money back, with the funds in their bank account within five working days.”
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