EAT Out to Help Out is due to end next week – but can you use the 50% discount on bank holiday Monday?
Here, we explain how the scheme works and what the rules are on Monday, August 31.
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What is Eat Out to Help Out?
The government scheme, which is designed to boost the ailing hospitality sector amid the coronavirus crisis, gives diners up to 50 per cent off meals up to £10 a head on Monday to Wednesday throughout August.
You can use the discount on meals and soft drinks but not on booze or takeaways.
It launched on August 3 and is due to run until August 31.
How does the Eat Out to Help Out scheme work?
THE government will cover half of the cost of a meal out, up to £10 a head, including children’s meals.
The discount means that a meal out for one that costs £20 will be reduced to £10, but a £25 meal for one will be slashed to £15 because of the £10 cap per person.
There is no limit to the number of times you can use the discount, so in theory you can get half price meals on every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in August.
Businesses will need to register with the scheme on Gov.uk before being able to offer the discount, as well as be Food Standards Agency approved.
Instead of issuing discount vouchers – which the government felt increased the risk of fraud – restaurants, cafes and pubs will be able to claim back the cash.
The refund will then been transferred into restaurants, cafes and pubs' bank accounts within five working days.
As of August 9 – the latest government figures available – 83,000 individual restaurant premises had signed up to run the scheme, offering a collective discount of £10.5million.
Will Eat Out to Help Out be available on August bank holiday?
The Treasury says the expectation is for businesses currently signed up to the incentive to offer it on this year's August bank holiday, which falls on Monday August 31.
It's a boost for those who may have struggled to use the offer until now given it's not available on Fridays or weekends.
You won't, however, be able to use the deal over the Saturday and Sunday of the bank holiday weekend.
Which restaurants will offer Eat Out to Help Out on bank holiday Monday?
Examples of restaurants that have told The Sun they'll continue to run the offer on bank holiday Monday include Costa Coffee, McDonald's, Wetherspoons, and Mitchells and Butlers, which is the firm behind Harvester, Toby Carvery, and more.
But be warned that restaurants are free to deregister at any time – so it's worth checking before making a special trip.
Plus, many restaurants have been booked up in advance as diners look to make the most of the discount so bear in mind you may need to get your reservation in now.
Which restaurants are taking part in Eat Out to Help Out?
See the full list of chains taking part in the scheme.
The government has also launched a postcode checker to find participating restaurants near you.
Plus, there's an app so you can easily track down restaurants taking part in the offer while you're on the go.
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