Coronavirus: How does the “eat out to help” program work?


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Customers will soon be able to withdraw money from their bills on certain days in August to encourage a return to cafes, pubs and restaurants.

It is hoped that the “eat out to help” program will give the struggling hospitality industry a boost, now that the nationwide lockdown is improving.

How does the program work?

The promotion offers people up to 50% off when they eat or drink soft drinks at a participating restaurant or other food establishment.

It is valid all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from August 3 to 31, in all areas of the United Kingdom that are not in a local lock.

The maximum reduction available is £ 10 per person when you eat or drink.

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Restaurants have started to reopen again

Food and beverages will appear on the menu at full cost, and the restaurant will deduct the money from the bill and claim it from the government.

How to get the discount?

The discount is only valid on food and drink that you intend to consume on site and can be used as many times as you want.

There is no limit on the number of people who can use the discount at the same party, and this includes children.

Participating sites are supposed to offer the full 50% discount all day Monday through Wednesday and on the entire food and soda menu.

There are no minimum expenses and you don’t need to order food to be eligible, for example a £ 3 coffee would cost £ 1.50 under the program.

Offer can be used in combination with other promotions and discounts offered by the venue.

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Which places of catering participate?

The promotion covers participation:

  • Restaurants (including those in hotels, recreation centers and holiday parks)
  • Coffees
  • Bars and pubs serving food
  • Canteens
  • Catering rooms with a seating area
  • Member clubs

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak introduced the program to help get pubs and restaurants back on their feet

It is likely that many local and independent pubs and cafes will participate, as well as large chains.

Institutions can choose to enroll and can join the program at any time. They must register online and will be able to claim the refund and have it refunded within five working days,

To be eligible, they must have a designated food or beverage space, or have access to one, and be registered with their local authority since at least July 7, 2020. Companies that have used the leave program can apply.

A full list of participating locations will be available next week and will allow people to search for participating locations within two miles.

What is not included?

The discount cannot be used on alcoholic beverages, service charges, or food for a private function or event.

The idea being to encourage people to eat on the spot, take-out only establishments are not eligible.

Food services, guesthouses or mobile vans are also not.

Businesses must have the option of dining to participate, so places offering informal seating in an area that does not belong to them are not included.


British hotel industry

  • 3eUK’s largest employer in 2018

  • 3,2 millionsworkers in the sector

  • 99%of hotel companies are SMEs

  • 130 Md £annual turnover in 2018

  • 67%you will have to wait “months” before going to the restaurant

Source: UK Hospitality, EY

Why is “eating out to help” introduced?

To help get struggling cafes, restaurants and pubs back on their feet.

Hospitality is one of the UK’s largest employers and has been hit particularly hard by the lockdown measures. In April, 80% of the sites closed and 1.4 million hotel workers were on leave, the highest proportion of all sectors.

Some sites were able to offer take-out service during the lockdown. But that often means lower average spending per capita and fewer people employed, and it’s not an option for some companies.

In August, when many premises have reopened, the government hopes that guests will be seduced by the reduction offered. He also wants it to boost confidence in going out and increase attendance at the end of the calmest week.

The scheme is used alongside other targeted aid such as a reduction in VAT for hotel and tourism businesses.


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