Eat Out to Help Out launches today, August 3. The scheme will take place every Monday to Wednesday, and gives you 50 percent discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in, up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner.
This means that everyone in Britain is entitled to discounts at selected restaurants over a total period of 13 days next month.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “Our ‘eat out to help out’ scheme’s number one aim is to help protect the jobs of 1.8 million chefs, waiters and restaurateurs by boosting demand and getting customers through the door.
“The industry is a vital ingredient to our economy and it’s been hit hard by coronavirus, so enjoy summer safely by showing your favourite places your support – we’ll pay half.”
The scheme starts on Monday, August 3 and runs until Monday, August 31.
All you have to do is turn up, eat, and pay for the remainder of the bill.
Which restaurants are participating?
To check which restaurants near you have signed up to the scheme, you can use the Government website.
All you need to do is input your postcode and it will tell you which restaurants around you are taking part in the scheme.
Large chains taking part in the scheme include Pizza Express, Wagamama, Prezzo, Pizza Hut, Nando’s and Starbucks.
No vouchers are required to use the offer, with the participating establishment deducting 50 percent from the bill and charging the discount to the Treasury.
Eat Out to Help Out is part of a range of targeted measures brought in by the Chancellor to combat the economic effects of coronavirus, such as a cut in VAT for hospitality and tourism businesses.
The scheme – like other measures – is always kept under review, and so could be extended beyond the end of next month, although there are no plans for this at present.
Restaurants, pubs and other parts of the hospitality sector were allowed to reopen from July 4.
While many ventured back out after lockdown, some have still been understandably reluctant due to coronavirus still spreading throughout the UK.
Appetite for the scheme has been mixed – with many people still apprehensive about the return to normal life following the coronavirus lockdown.
A recent survey suggested that many across the UK felt uncomfortable about eating at a restaurant.
The Office for National Statistics said just more than two-in-10 adults were happy to have a sit-down meal.
Around 80 percent of hospitality firms stopped trading in April, with 1.4 million workers furloughed – the highest of any sector – according to government data.
Many venues which have reopened since July 4 have also been forced to operate at a lower capacity in order to comply with social distancing rules.