Eat Out to Help Out scheme

The UK government Eat Out to Help Out scheme will start on 3 August and run throughout the month.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak had announced this scheme in his Summer Economic Update. It will provide a 50% reduction for sit-down meals in participating cafes, restaurants and pubs across the UK from Monday to Wednesday every week throughout August 2020.

There is no limit to the number of times customers can use the offer during the period of the scheme. The customers cannot get a discount for someone who is not eating or drinking.

The scheme will drum up custom on quieter days of the week and means the business owners can build their business back up.

More than 53,000 outlets have so far signed up to the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. Registration will close on 31 August.

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Those establishments taking part in the scheme will display stickers and posters in their windows. Diners can take advantage of the offer as many times as they like during the month and do not need to present a voucher.

Commenting on the scheme, the Chancellor said:

‘Our restaurants, cafes and bars play a vital role in our economy, employing more than a million people. 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.’

Who can register to Eat Out to Help Out scheme

You can register if your establishment:

  • sells food for immediate consumption on the premises
  • provides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in meals
  • was registered as a food business with the relevant local authority on or before 7 July

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