How many meals have been claimed on Eat Out to Help Out?

Daniel Fowler
August 12, 2020

The government hopes the unprecedented subsidy, along with cuts to value-added tax for the hospitality sector, will help to reduce job losses at restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs, which employ 1.8 million people.

Diane Wehrle, Insights Director at Springboard, said: "The jury is still out regarding the benefit of the "Eat Out to Help Out" scheme which launched last week, although there were rises in footfall on each day between Monday and Wednesday from the week before".

"It is great to see people taking advantage of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme and taking the right steps towards smart spending", said Pauline van Brakel, the chief product officer at Yolt.

Under the scheme, which is meant to boost the struggling hospitality sector, the government pays for 50% of a meal eaten at a cafe, restaurant or pub on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

The policy gives diners 50% off their meal, up to a maximum of £10 per person, which is covered by the government.

EOTHO has already sparked a surge in people visiting United Kingdom high streets, according to Springboard, which measures footfall.

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Anyone visiting a participating restaurant, café or pub on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays in August is eligible to receive the half-price discount. Meanwhile lunchtime visits were up 10%. However, high street visits are still significantly down when compared to the same period in 2019.

The Treasury said that 83,068 restaurants had signed up to the scheme.

"Nonetheless, the latest OpenTable data seem to be consistent with a net rise in the weekly number of people eating out", he wrote. "And they aren't just getting a great deal - they're supporting the nearly two million people employed in this sector".

Government figures show that 80% of hospitality firms stopped trading in April and that 1.4 million workers were furloughed - the highest proportions of any sector.

There is no limit on how many moments the low cost can be used in August, or for how several people today, which includes young children.

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