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08 Sep 2020

More than 100 million meals eaten on landmark scheme

More than 100 million meals were eaten as part of the landmark Eat Out to Help Out scheme, it has been announced.

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak thanked Brits for eating out during August to protect 1.8 million jobs in hospitality and drive the nation’s economic recovery from coronavirus.Latest figures show that Eat Out to Help Out significantly boosted restaurant bookings during the month of August, with the scheme growing in popularity each week. These numbers are likely to grow, with restaurants having until the end of September to claim back the 50% government-funded discount applied to bills.

With the scheme excelling expectations, by midnight on August 31 more than 100 million meals were eaten by diners, with the 84,700 establishments signed up to the scheme making 130,000 claims worth £522 million, meaning more jobs are being protected through people getting out and boosting the economy.

Read the Government's full statement here

Some restaurants and cafes have decided to continue the scheme out of their own pocket. Are you one of them? Tell your story to Emily.bridgewater@bira.co.uk

 

 

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