COVID-19: Brits enjoy half-price meals on government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme

COVID-19: Brits enjoy half-price meals on government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme

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A staff member wearing a protective face mask hands food to a customer at By Chloe restaurant on the opening day of Eat Out to Help Out scheme amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Covent Garden, London on Aug 3, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/John Sibley)

LONDON: People across Britain enjoyed half-price meals on Monday (Aug 3) as the government launched its Eat Out to Help Out scheme aimed at driving up business in the shattered hospitality industry after months of coronavirus lockdown.

Diners are entitled to a 50 per cent discount on food and non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in, up to a maximum of 10 pounds (US$13) discount per head every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between Aug 3 and Aug 31.

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The offer - expected to cost half a billion pounds (US$650 million) - is open to diners in participating restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, work and school canteens and food halls. More than 72,000 restaurants have registered, finance minister Rishi Sunak said.

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A receipt is pictured at By Chloe restaurant on the opening day of Eat Out to Help Out scheme amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Covent Garden, London on Aug 3, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/John Sibley)

Matt Healey, 23, who works in digital marketing for Warner Bros, was glad his English breakfast would cost him half the usual price.

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But he said the priority for him remained the health risks over the discount.

"It's a bit of a balancing act," Healey said. "I think the risks will probably outweigh the 50 per cent off."

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Source: Reuters/aj

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