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Not long ago, the UK government was urging people to stay home as much as possible.
Now, with coronavirus cases and the hospitality sector both in decline, we are being encouraged to 'Eat Out to Help Out'.
The scheme offers people 50 percent off food and non-alcoholic drinks at restaurants, up to the value of £10 per head. The initiative runs between Monday and Wednesday from 3 to 31 August and more than 32,000 restaurants have signed up.
You can find restaurants near you that are getting involved by entering your postcode on the government's 'Eat Out to Help Out' restaurant finder page here.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced the initiative earlier this month while detailing his Plan for Jobs scheme, which has also seen VAT cut for the hospitality and tourism sectors.
For six months, tax has been slashed from 20 percent to five percent on food, accommodation and attractions - a move the government has said is 'a £4bn catalyst benefiting over 150,000 businesses', which will help protect 2.4 million jobs.
Sunak said: "The best jobs programme we can do is to restart these sectors, and get our pubs, restaurants, cafes and B&Bs bustling again.
"I know people are cautious about going out, but we wouldn't have listed the restrictions if we didn't think we could do so safely. I've seen how in the last few weeks hard business are working to make their premises safe, and if we follow the guidance and respect what they ask us to do, we can all enjoy summer safely.
"In turn, we need to give these businesses the confidence to know that if they open up, invest in making their premises safe and protect jobs, demand will be there - and be there quickly."
Over 32,000 restaurants have registered for Eat Out to Help Out. Registration closes end of August, tag your three favourites to encourage them to sign up too.
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- Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) July 22, 2020
He continued: "At the moment, VAT on hospitality and tourism is charged at 20 percent, so I've decided for the next six months to cut that on food, accommodation and attractions.
"Eat-in or hot takeaway food from restaurants, cafes and pubs, accommodation in hotels, B&Bs, campsites and caravan parks, attractions like cinemas, theme parks and zoos: all these and more will see VAT reduced from next Wednesday until January 12, from 20 percent to five percent."
As well as thousands of independent restaurants, numerous chains have also signed up for the Eat Out To Help Out scheme, including Nando's, Burger King and Wagamama.
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