More than 53,000 foodservice outlets across the UK have so far signed up to the UK government’s Eat Out to Help Out Scheme, it can be revealed.
As Eat Out to Help Out stickers and posters start to appear in the windows of restaurants, cafes, bars and other establishments across the country, the government has also announced an official online finder to help diners locate them.
The initiative offers diners that eat-in the chance to benefit from a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, on food and non-alcoholic drinks, any Monday to Wednesday in August – without needing a voucher.
Diners can take advantage of the offer as many times as they like during the month.
Rishi Sunak, chancellor of the exchequer, said: “Our restaurants, cafes and bars play a vital role in our economy, employing more than a million people. They have been hit hard by coronavirus, so it’s vital we do everything we can to help them recover.
“Our Eat Out to Help Out scheme is designed to get more customers through the door – protecting jobs by giving businesses the confidence to retain and hire staff.”
To find out if a restaurant is participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, the government has created an online restaurant finder, which is accessible HERE.
Users simply enter a postcode to get a list of participating outlets within a five-mile radius.
Participating outlets must wait seven days from registration to make their first claim with all eligible claims being paid within five working days.
Claims can be submitted weekly and businesses are encouraged to register before the 3 August to benefit for the entire month in which the scheme runs.