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​UK Split Over Using Government's Eat Out To Help Out Scheme

​UK Split Over Using Government's Eat Out To Help Out Scheme

As the government's 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme kicks in today, many of you have said you'll be heading out to enjoy a discounted meal - although it turns out not everyone's feeling quite so keen, especially off the back of some areas reintroducing stricter lockdown measures.

In a new LADbible poll, we asked whether or not you'd be taking advantage of the new scheme, which offers diners a 50 percent discount (up to the value of £10 per head) when they eat at participating restaurants throughout August, Monday-Wednesday.

In the Twitter poll of 7,641 people, 56 percent of you said you would be dining out on the offer, while 44 percent said you wouldn't.

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Of those who said they would, one argued that there should be no reason to worry if everyone stuck to the guidelines, writing: "Yes it should be fine if we're all staying at our tables and sticking to social distance rules."

Someone else said he and his partner would be really going for it, commenting: "F*** yes. Me and the mrs are doing a binge. Different restaurant every day. All locals."

A third added: "Too right. Got 6 different restaurants booked in for the next 3 weeks around shifts. Unlimited chicken wings for £7.50?? Not worth staying at home!"

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One commented to say they'd 'already booked a table' somewhere for this evening, while others said they wanted to use the deal to mark a special occasion.

"Yes, but only because it's my birthday!!!" another Twitter user said.

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However, not everyone feels comfortable with the prospect of eating out just yet, saying it feels 'too soon'.

One person commented on the poll: "So on one hand we've got a 'major incident' declared in Manchester but on the other we're being pushed to eat out, surely this is tempting fate a bit?"

Another added: "Now [they're] trying to get everyone out there houses when there trying to scare everyone with a second lockdown, up and down with this s***. I give up."

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Citing a couple of reasons, another concerned person wrote: "It's too soon. And I'm skint til the end of the month. So not really."

Where do you stand on the matter? Will you be dining out to make the most of the discount, or holding back until it feels right?

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.

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Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at editorial@ladbible.com.