A staff member prepares food at the By Chloe restaurant on the opening day of the Eat Out to Help Out program during the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Covent Garden, London, UK, on August 3, 2020. REUTERS / John Sibley
LONDON (Reuters) – People across the UK were enjoying half-price meals on Monday when the government launched its Eat Out to Help Out Scheme to boost business in the wrecked hotel industry after months of coronavirus closure.
Diners are entitled to a 50% discount on food and soft drinks to eat or drink, up to a maximum of £ 10 (USD 13) per head each Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between August 3rd and August 31st.
The offering, which is expected to cost £ half a billion ($ 650 million), is available to participating restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, work and school canteens, and dining rooms. More than 72,000 restaurants have registered, said Finance Minister Rishi Sunak.
23-year-old Matt Healey, who works for Warner Bros. in digital marketing, was happy that his cooked "full English breakfast" would cost him half the usual price in Maggies, a cafe in Lewisham in southeast London.
But he said the priority for him was still the health risk versus the discount. "It's a balancing act," said Healey. "I think the risks will likely outweigh the 50% discount."