Huge queues at Norwich restaurants as half-price scheme launches

Marco Green
August 4, 2020

The scheme launched by Sunak will help boost the hospitality sector which has been decimated by the pandemic.

The scheme is meant to help the restaurant industry recover after months of closures due to COVID-19. Throughout the month of August, people will be able to get discounted food at a number of popular eateries - though there are, of course, certain restrictions.

How does the scheme work?

Anyone visiting a participating restaurant, café or pub on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August will receive the half-price discount.

More than 72,000 dining establishments have actually signed up, financing minister Rishi Sunak stated.

The government's scheme will include all food only at participating venues and does not include alcohol.

The tasty treat usually costs £4.99, but if you sign up to Toby's newsletter, you can save 25 percent on your order, before knocking 50 percent off the price again thanks to the government.

It is then the restaurant's responsibility to claim the remaining money back from the Government.

So if two people spend £50, they can only receive a discount of £20.

Which businesses are taking part?

Food or drink sold as part of a private party, event or function is also not eligible, including that served at weddings, takeaways, or mobile food vans. To register business owners will need: a Government Gateway ID (this can be created during registration); the name and address of each venue being registered; the United Kingdom bank account number and sort code for the business; the address on the bank account for the business (it appears on the bank statement); and the date the business started trading.

But unfortunately for takeaway businesses, Eat Out to Help Out discounts only apply to food eaten in restaurant or cafe premises.

It is worth remembering that some large chains, such as Starbucks, are franchises, so not all branches may be taking part.

Across the United Kingdom more than 72,000 individual restaurants, cafes and pubs are taking part.

However a Value-Added Tax cut was introduced by Mr Sunak for the hospitality and tourism industry on July 15 until January 12, 2021.

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