Eat Out to Help Out restaurants: Which restaurants have signed up to scheme?
In his summer budget on Wednesday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak outlined measures for getting the economy back on track post-lockdown. This included incentives for employers retaining staff once furlough ends, stamp duty cuts and measures to help the hospitality industry.
Mr Sunak announced a cut to VAT on food, accommodation and attractions from 20 percent to five percent from July 15 until January 12, and urged Britons to dine out.
One incentive available to every single person in the UK is a 50 percent discount on eating out – in what’s been called ‘Eat Out to Help Out’.
Mr Sunak told the Commons: “I can announce today that, for the month of August, we will give everyone in the country an ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ discount.
“Meals eaten at any participating business, Monday to Wednesday will be 50 percent off, up to a maximum discount of £10 per head for everyone, including children.”
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Which restaurants have signed up to the scheme?
All restaurants, pubs and bars can apply to take part in the scheme, but as yet none will have signed up as the website to do so has not launched.
Express.co.uk will update this page when more information is available.
Speaking in more detail Mr Sunak revealed: “Businesses will need to register, and can do so through a simple website, open next Monday.
“Each week in August, businesses can then claim the money back, with the funds in their bank account within five working days.”
As a customer you do not need to do anything to claim your discount, it will be automatically applied to your meal so long as the venue has signed up to the Government’s scheme.
All you need to do is visit participating restaurants, bars, pubs or cafes in August on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.
The Treasury’s Plan For Jobs document says the 50 percent “eat out to help out” discount can be used “unlimited times” on eligible days when dining in but will only include non-alcoholic drinks.
Mr Sunak also announced schemes to help ensure furloughed staff can return to work, by giving employers £1,000 for every staff member they re-employ once furlough ends.
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Initiatives to help young people get jobs were also announced, but despite the measures, the Chancellor has warned hard times lie ahead.
Mr Sunak told Sky: “I’ve been very clear that we are not going to be able to protect every single job and it would be wrong of me to pretend otherwise.
“There are going to be difficult times ahead and… there are forecasts for people predicting significant levels of unemployment. That weighs very heavily on me.”
He said having “people out and about, back in restaurants, moving house, renovating homes, installing energy efficiency measures in homes” would help stimulate the economy.
He added people “should have the confidence to return” because of the measures businesses have taken.
Restaurants, bars, pubs and hotels reopened on Saturday, July 4, and have had to take significant steps to ensure the safety of both customers and staff.
Among the measures will be less tables, plastic partitions between tables and contact information of customers taken upon arrival.
Those attending restaurants are encouraged to only do so in their household groups or support bubbles.
If you want to meet with those outside your household you can, but only if you can be seated outside.
There should be controlled access to toilets and music should be kept low to avoid customers shouting.
Customers will also be encouraged to order via an app where this service is available, or order at the table to prevent unnecessary walking around the restaurant.
There may be reduced menus in place as restaurants adjust to this new normal.
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