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    How to use the government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme

    8 July 2020

    What has the Chancellor announced?

    Rishi Sunak has announced a discount for anyone eating out at a restaurant from Monday to Wednesdays during August – as long as the restaurant has signed up to his new scheme. A maximum of £10 per head, including children, will be docked from your bill automatically. “Meals eaten at any participating business, Monday to Wednesday, will be 50 per cent off, up to a maximum discount of £10 ($12.50) per head for everyone, including children” the chancellor said.

    Businesses that wish to sign up to the scheme can do so through a simple website which will be open from Monday. Diners don’t need to do anything except turn up.

    Which restaurants will qualify?

    Any restaurant that has signed up to the scheme will be able to provide the discount. 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.

    How many people can claim the discount in one group?

    There’s no apparent limit to the size of group that can claim the discount. But bearing in mind most restaurants are only allowing 2-6 diners per table at the moment therefore it may not be possible to eat in a larger group anyway. You can only save up to £10 per head.

    Does it include drinks?

    In case you’re wondering if the Chancellor has just inadvertently financed a massive state-funded booze up, it’s worth noting the discount only includes non-alcoholic drinks.

    How will businesses be reimbursed?

    The Chancellor has promised that businesses will be able to claim the money back during each week in August and that the funds will be in their bank account within five working days.

    Businesses looking to take advantage of the scheme will now have to think about how they will deal with an influx of customers whilst simultaneously navigating social distancing rules.

    But if ever there was an incentive for the public to get out and support their local restaurants after lockdown, this is it.