Brits have claimed more than 35m meals during the first two weeks of the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, which is due to run until 31st August.
The offer, which was part of the chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Plan for Jobs, aims to protect the hospitality sector hit hard by closures due to Covid-19. More than 48,000 meals have been claimed from the 85,000 restaurants that have signed up to the initiative.
“That is equivalent to over half of the UK taking part and supporting local jobs in the hospitality sector,” says Sunak. “To build back better we must protect as many jobs as possible, that is why I am urging all registered businesses to make the most of this by claiming back today – it’s free, simple and pays out within five working days.
“The Eat Out to Help Out scheme aims to help protect the jobs of the hospitality industry’s 1.8m employees by encouraging people to safely return to their local restaurants, cafés and pubs where social-distancing rules allow. Around 80% of hospitality firms stopped trading in April, with 1.4m workers furloughed, the highest of any sector.”
The news follows data from OpenTable revealing that restaurants have been on average 27% fuller than they were during the same period (Monday to Wednesday) in August 2019.
For more on the scheme, go here.