How does the Eat Out to Help Out scheme work?

Reuters  JOHN SIBLEY The coronavirus disease outbreak in London

Reuters JOHN SIBLEY The coronavirus disease outbreak in London

People throughout Britain taken pleasure in half-price meals on Monday as the federal government introduced its "Eat Out to Help Out Scheme" focused on increasing company in the shattered hospitality market after months of coronavirus lockdown.

Frederica D'Incecco, of Tapas Brindisa Battersea, in London, said that the restaurant has received lots of enquiries about the scheme and expects a large number of bookings and walk-ins.

Sunak also announced other measures to protect, support and create jobs including, cutting Value-Added Tax for tourism and hospitality by 15%, a £2bn Kickstart Scheme and a £8.8bn investment in new infrastructure, decarbonisation and maintenance projects.

Those establishments that sign up to Eat Out to Help Out will receive a window sticker to show they are using the scheme and can also download promotional items.

More than 72,000 establishments are participating, including independent eateries and family favourites such as Pizza Express, Costa Coffee and Nando's.

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The offer is only available from Mondays to Wednesdays and people will receive a maximum discount of £10 per head.

Half price discount will run through August and applies to all food and non-alcoholic drinks consumed on the premises.

Diners can get 50% off on the scheme at participating businesses.

No, you do not need a voucher to use the scheme and you can use it at the same time as other offers and discounts.

The discount will automatically be applied to restaurants and pubs that have signed up to the scheme.

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It is then the restaurant's responsibility to claim the remaining money back from the Government.

Food or drink sold as part of a private party, event or function is also not eligible, including that served at weddings, takeaways, or mobile food vans.

Mr Nathan, who said the scheme had initially been "warmly received" by the industry, added: "Restaurants fear that the discounting will actively encourage customers to spend less, to fit within the limits".

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