What Is the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme?

14 July 2020

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme is a new initiative, introduced by the Government, to support businesses by encouraging people to return to eating out.

If you’re an eligible business, you will be able to use the scheme to offer a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to your customers on food or non-alcoholic drinks that they consume at your premises.

The discount can be used unlimited times and will be valid Monday to Wednesday on any meal for the entire month of August.

Before you start offering discounts, you need to ensure you’re registered, you can find out how to register here.

If a customer purchases a meal with the intention of eating it but then takes it away and leaves the premises, you can still apply the discount.

You will be fully reimbursed for the discount. You can find out how to make a claim here.

For each day you’re using the scheme, you need to keep records of the:

  • number of people who have used the scheme in your establishment
  • value of transactions under the scheme
  • amount of discounts you’ve given

If you are using the scheme for more than one establishment, you must keep these records for each.

Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.

What Is the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme?

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