Chancellor Rishi Sunak is facing calls from the hospitality industry to extend the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. The highly successful scheme has been used millions of times up and down the country, and has been instrumental in getting the economy moving again post lockdown.

Upon launching the scheme, Mr Sunak said: “Our ‘eat out to help out’ scheme’s number one aim is to help protect the jobs of 1.8 million chefs, waiters and restaurateurs by boosting demand and getting customers through the door.

“The industry is a vital ingredient to our economy and it’s been hit hard by coronavirus, so enjoy summer safely by showing your favourite places your support – we’ll pay half.”

In its first two weeks, Eat Out to Help Out has was used 35million times.

It is currently set to run until the end of August, and is available from Monday to Wednesday all day whenever customers dine in at a restaurant, cafe or pub.

It gives you 50 percent discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in, up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner.

Pubs and restaurants in suburban areas are faring better than inner city venues, as many of the UK’s workers remain working from home.

Eat Out to Help Out is part of a range of targeted measures brought in by the Chancellor to combat the economic effects of coronavirus, such as a cut in VAT for hospitality and tourism businesses.

The scheme – like other measures – is always kept under review, and so could be extended beyond the end of next month, although there are no plans for this at present.

Restaurants, pubs and other parts of the hospitality sector were allowed to reopen from July 4.

While many ventured back out after lockdown, some have still been understandably reluctant due to coronavirus still spreading throughout the UK.

Many venues which have reopened since July 4 have also been forced to operate at a lower capacity in order to comply with social distancing rules.

More than 85,000 venues are signed up to the scheme.

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