As the lockdown starts to ease and businesses are opening up again, some businesses are finding it harder to bounce back than others. One of the hardest hit business sectors has been food industry, with many people still nervous about going out for a meal. 

To try to encourage diners to frequent these establishments again, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ Scheme in early July. This scheme went live on Monday 3 August and many local eateries have signed up to take part. It is currently set to run until 31 August 2020.

For a business to register for the scheme, they had to meet the following criteria. 
• They were registered as a food business with the local authority no later than 7 July 2020
• They have a dining area where food can be consumed on the premises (indoor or outdoor)

Businesses that only offer takeaway were not eligible, nor were businesses that only served food in private areas, such as room service meals in a hotel.

The scheme offers 50% off food and non-alcoholic drink (up to £10 per person) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Alcoholic drinks and service charges are not eligible for the discount. There is no limit to how many times an individual can take advantage of the offer, The registered business can claim back the value of all discounts offered under the scheme directly from the government. 

Whilst time is running out, businesses can still register for the scheme here. 

Diners eager to take advantage of the scheme can find participating venues within 5 miles of them by entering their postcode here. 

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