Eat Out To Help Out Extended: Restaurants Announce They Are Carrying Scheme Into September
1 September 2020, 10:15
As the 'Eat Out To Help Out' scheme comes to a close- here's a list of restaurants extending the money saving deal into September, digging into their own pockets for the deal/.
A number of UK restaurants have announced an extension to the 'Eat Out To Help Out' scheme into September after seeing enormous success, but they will have to foot the bill themselves.
From August 3 to August 31st, to encourage people to get back out and support the hospitality sector, the government was offering 50% off food and soft drinks from Monday to Wednesday and calls for en extension have been unsucessful.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) urged Rishi Sunak to extend the scheme into September as businesses 'enter a period of economic make or break'.
This comes as restaurants report a dip in those eating out from Thursday to Sunday.
Restaurant chains including Tobey Carvery and Harvester (owned by the same company) have announced a two-week extension of the scheme into September.
However, it is the smaller businesses that are being hit the hardest and a petition has even been started, claiming a month-long extension will help save thousands of jobs in the hospitality sector.
Rishi Sunak has praised the government scheme overall and revealed the staggering figures in just a few weeks of people dining out.
He said: "This scheme has reminded us how much we love to dine out, and in doing so, how this is helping to protect the jobs of nearly 2 million people who work in hospitality."
"I am urging everyone, where they can, to continue to safely enjoy a meal while the scheme remains open."
The scheme officially ended on the 31st August and sees a 50% discount on food and soft drinks up to the value of £10 per person.
The government had agreed to subsidise meals bought on the scheme and reimburses the discount cost to participating businesses, but this came to an end on September 1st.