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Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

The Eat Out to Help Out Scheme will entitle every diner to a 50% discount of up to £10 per head on their meal, at any participating restaurant, café, pub or other eligible food service establishment.

The discount can be used unlimited times and will be valid Monday to Wednesday on any eat-in meal (including on non-alcoholic drinks) for the month of August 2020 across the UK. Participating establishments will be fully reimbursed for the 50% discount.

Businesses can register for the scheme now and registrations will close on 31 August.

Businesses can register if the establishment:

  • sells food for consumption on the premises
  • provides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in meals
  • was registered as a food business with the relevant local authority on or before 7 July 2020.

Businesses cannot register:

  • an establishment that only offers takeaway food or drink
  • catering services for private functions
  • a hotel that provides room service only dining services (such as packaged dinner cruises)
  • mobile food vans or trailers.

Businesses should wait until they are registered before offering discounts to customers and discounts cannot be offered before 3 August 2020.

When registering for the scheme, it is expected that businesses will offer it during the whole of their opening hours on all the eligible days that the business is open and on all qualifying sales of food or drink.

Other points

For the purposes of this scheme, the term ‘on premises’ means any area set aside for the consumption of food or non-alcoholic drink by that establishment’s customers, whether or not that area may also be used by the customers of other establishments.

Putting a table and chairs on the pavement outside a take-away or mobile van will not qualify. Establishments with only informal outside seating in an area that does not belong to the establishment and/or is not shared with other establishments, will not be eligible to participate in the scheme.

Businesses cannot apply the scheme discount to food and drink that is sold as part of a private party, event or function. However, businesses can apply the discount to food and drink sold in the normal course of the restaurant business.

If a customer only orders a non-alcoholic drink, the scheme discount applies.

Detailed records

For each day the business is using the scheme, records must be kept of:

  • the total number of people who have used the scheme in the establishment
  • total value of transactions under the scheme
  • total amount of discounts given

If businesses are using the scheme for more than one establishment, records must be kept for each.

Making a claim for reimbursement

Claims cannot be made yet. The service to claim reimbursements will be available on 7 August 2020 and the service will close on 30 September 2020.

Any money received through the scheme will be treated as taxable income.

HMRC guidance and registration for the scheme

The latest guidance will be found here.

Details on the registration process are here. We cannot apply on your behalf but the process is relatively straightforward.