The Chancellor has announced a new Covid-19 scheme called Eat Out to Help Out as part of the Government’s response to tackling the fall out resulting from the Coronavirus. Essentially this Government scheme entitles every diner to a 50% discount on their meal. This half-price dining is planned to get underway next month (during August).
This blog is the second part of a series of blog updates resulting from the Chancellors announcements earlier this week. Yesterday we blogged about the £1,000 Job Retention Bonus.
Eat Out to Help Out – 50% off voucher
Every single person in the UK will receive a 50% off voucher as part of the Government’s attempts to boost the hard-hit hospitality sector in the hope of rescuing millions of jobs within the sector. The new Eat Out to Help Out initiative is the Governments attempt to encourage more people across the UK to eat out for less.
The voucher will be valid at 129,000 cafes, restaurants and pubs across the UK. The voucher will provide 50% off, up to maximum discount of £10 per person dining.
The Government hopes that this initiative will protect up to 1.8 million jobs across the UK, by giving people an incentive and needed encouragement to return to high streets following the easing of the Coronavirus lock-down restrictions.
Are there any catches?
The Chancellor announced that the voucher can be used for the following:
- Sit-down meals including non-alcoholic drinks
- From Monday to Wednesday
- During every week in August 2020
How many times can I use the discount?
The great news here for those who are seeking to eat out again is that the 50% (up £10 a head) discount can be used unlimited times. This only applies from Monday to Wednesday and during the month of August 2020.
Participating eateries will be fully reimbursed by the Government for the 50% discount via an online claim process.
What about takeaways?
There isn’t a discount for takeaway food as the idea behind the scheme is to encourage people to visit struggling high streets. If your favourite takeaway venue offers in-house dining, then you will be able to apply the discount if you eat in.
How do I know if my local restaurant is participating?
It is currently expected that close to 130,000 venues will be registered as part of the scheme when it launches and there will be an online database where you can look up all participating cafes, restaurants and pubs.