Many decisions the government have made since lockdown began have been questionable, with Boris’ famous speech being somewhat incoherent.
One decision that has been a roaring success is the Eat Out To Help Out scheme, where restaurants and cafés can offer a 50% discount up to £10 per head every Mon-Wed during August, which the venues can later claim back from the government. The scheme has spurred thousands of households across the country to leave the house and have dinner out, giving their business to the hospitality sector. It was instated after fears for the hospitality industry and the millions of jobs nationwide that were at risk.
However, as August is coming to a close the hospitality industry calls for the scheme to be extended into September, as the success has made a huge difference on businesses who would have otherwise struggled after Covid-19 chaos.
Kate Nicholls, the chief executive of the trade association UKHospitality, said: “The benefit to consumers, the importance to businesses shows the need to continue it for another month to get the remaining 50 per cent of restaurants and pubs reopen and successfully trading.”
Talking on LBC radio, she added: ““It’s been hugely important to the sector. Restaurants have been able to bring back staff off furlough and crucially it’s benefited trade through the whole week.”