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The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme (EOHO Scheme) is one of the Government’s economic recovery measures aimed to support businesses reopening after the COVID-19 lockdown period. It formed part of the Chancellor’s summer economic update on 8 July 2020 (the Plan for Jobs).

Under the Scheme Government will provide 50% off the cost of food and/or non-alcoholic drinks eaten-in at participating businesses UK-wide. It applies all-day Monday to Wednesday from 3 to 31 August 2020. The discount is capped at a maximum of £10 per head.

Eligible businesses must register with HMRC to participate in the Scheme. Once registered, businesses can offer the discount to customers and claim the money back from HMRC. The Government’s online restaurant finder shows businesses registered within 5 miles of any postcode entered. A list of larger chain businesses registered has also been published.

As of 23 August, 84,000 individual restaurant premises had registered for Scheme. In total, £336.0 million had been claimed spread across 64 million covers (individual meal claims). The average claim was £5.25, just over half the £10 maximum per person.

Press reports were positive about the take up of the Scheme by customers during the first  week. However, some in the industry reported concerns that the scheme had simply shifted dining patterns earlier in the week. Businesses also reported concerns about maintaining demand once the Scheme comes to an end.


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