More helping out by way of eating could be on its way!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that the “Eat Out To Help Out” scheme swept to power in the UK throughout August. It allowed participating restaurants to offer 50% discounts (up to £10 off per head), subsidised in part by the government, and aimed to give the hospitality business a much-needed boost after spending almost four months closed during lockdown. Over 14 million workers in this field were placed on the government furlough scheme at the start of lockdown.
And potentially, the good news could continue. A petition has been launched to keep the popular scheme going for another month. Businesses have also joined the calls to continue the scheme as they fight to survive amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The petition calls for the “Eat Out To Help Out” scheme to run until September 30, and currently has nearly 6,000 signatures. It requires 10,000 for a government response, or 100,000 for the matter to be debated in parliament.
The petition’s stated aim is to “Extend the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme to September to give restaurants and cafes financial stability prior to a potential second wave of COVID-19 causing local/national lockdowns.” At present, “Eat Out To Help Out” is due to finish on August 31. We’ll keep you updated with news of the outcome of this petition, and if you’d like to add your name, you can sign the petition here.