Calls for Eat Out to Help Out 2.0

15 February, 2021

Delivery company Deliveroo are leading the call for a reintroduction of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme that proved to be very successful for businesses country wide.

Alongside 300 restaurant groups, including Itsu and Pizza Hut, they have written to the prime minister in a letter seen by the BBC requesting that the scheme should be available for businesses and consumers to use again when it was safe to do so.

The scheme, which gave a discount of up to £10 on food and soft drinks Monday-Wednesday for the month of August 2020 was used 100 million times. The letter stated:

Even when they are able to reopen to customers, restrictions around mixing of households and social distancing measure means that a return to trading at full capacity will remain dependent on the successful vaccine rollout.

The boost the scheme provided not only helped protect restaurants from closure but also showed customers the work we have done to make sure they are safe and can get back to enjoying great food.

As well as a reintroduction of the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme they are asking for further support for their industries including:

  • Extending the furlough scheme for as long as is necessary
  • Extending the 5% VAT rate on restaurant food until at least the end of this year
  • Extending business rates relief for the retail and restaurant sectors for a further financial year
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