If you’ve been watching the news you will almost certainly have heard of the the Government’s scheme, ‘Eat Out to Help Out‘. Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the scheme to help encourage diners back out to their local restaurants post-lockdown in a bid to boost the economy.
But what does it all mean? What can you do and what can’t you do? Grab a cup of tea and we’ll explain everything you need to know…
How does it work?
From the 3rd until the 31st of August, at participating restaurants or other eating establishments, you will be able to;
- Get up to a 50% discount on all food or non-alcoholic drinks, to eat or drink in – but only up to a maximum of £10 per person
- Receive a discount on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays only
- Use the discount offer as many times as you like during August
There is no requirement or need to use vouchers for this scheme, and you should be able to use it in conjunction with other existing discounts and offers, but it’s always worth checking first.
Where can I use it to get a discount?
In theory, if somewhere sells food for ‘immediate consumption’ on the premises and has a designated eating area, the business can sign up for the scheme.
It is however not available to places that only provide a takeaway service.
Restaurants and eating establishments are actively encouraged to promote whether they are part of the scheme or not, so you should see signs in the window, or this logo:
It is not a requirement for businesses to sign up to the scheme, so they may not have any visible signage for a reason, but it never hurts to pop in and ask.
You can find out if your local establishment is participating by using the government’s own Eat Out to Help Out tool on their site.
I run a business, what do I need to do sign up?
If you run a food establishment and want to sign up to the scheme, you can do so through the Government’s website – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/register-your-establishment-for-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme
To register your establishment needs to;
- Sell food for immediate consumption on the premises
- Provide its own dinning area for eating in
- Have been registered as a food business on or before the 7th of July
You cannot however register if;
- Your establishment offers a takeaway only service
- Your business offers catering services for private functions such as weddings, parties etc.
- You run a hotel that provides room service only
- You run a mobile food van or trailer business
Everything you need to do to register is found on the Government’s site.
Are you prepared?
If you run a business offering food, hopefully you will see an influx of new customers during August, so it’s good to make sure you’re fully prepared.
Our unique, non-alcoholic hand sanitiser is ideal for welcoming guests into your establishment, as well as keeping staff safe too. Positioned at entrances, toilets and food preparation areas, our hygienic dispensers allow for fast sanitisation and it kills 99.9999% of germs and bacteria.