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Restaurants, pubs and cafes can now register for Eat Out to Help Out

Emma Lunn
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Emma Lunn

Customers won’t need a voucher to get a discount – the price reduction will automatically show on bills.

Restaurants and other establishments serving food to eat-in can now sign up to the government’s Eat Out to Help Out initiative aimed at protecting jobs in the hospitality industry and encouraging people to safely return to dining out.

The registration service has now gone live on Gov.uk, following the scheme being announced in last week’s budget.

Restaurants, bars, cafes and other establishments who use the scheme will offer a 50% reduction, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to all diners who eat and/or drink-in throughout August.

Customers won’t need a voucher as participating establishments will just add the discount to their bill.

Businesses can then reclaim the discounted amount through an online service, supported by HMRC. Claims can be made on a weekly basis and will be paid into bank accounts within five working days.

The scheme is open to eligible establishments across the UK and can be used all day, every Monday to Wednesday, between 3 and 31 August 2020.

Businesses will receive a window sticker to show they are using the scheme and can download promotional items from Gov.uk.

Rishi Sunak, chancellor of the exchequer, said: “Restaurants and other eligible establishments are now able to support jobs by signing up to a place on the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

“HMRC’s quick and easy registration page will soon have you on your way to welcoming back your customers with discounted dining on every Monday to Wednesday throughout August, with a simple process to reclaim these discounts back from the Government each week.”

A searchable restaurant finder tool will be available to the public before the scheme launches on 3 August.

The scheme can be used by diners who order food and/or drinks for consumption on the premises. Alcohol is excluded from the offer.