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Eat Out Scheme Launched

"A lot of people have used the subsidy as the first time they're going out again - it takes once or twice venturing out of the home to get them to feel comfortable," says Will Beckett, the co-founder of steakhouse chain Hawksmoor.
Six of his restaurants have received a combined 15,000 bookings for the 13 days of the "Eat out to help out" scheme, while two sites remain closed.
"The most obvious way in my mind that it's helping restaurants, is that it's helping people to learn to go out again," Mr Beckett told the BBC.
The government promotion, which launched this week, gives people a discount of up to 50% up to a maximum of £10 when eating or drinking soft drinks in a participating restaurant or other food establishment every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in August.
It's early days, but there was an average rise in visits to retail destinations of 2.3% on Tuesday 4 August and Wednesday 5 August, compared with the previous week, according to industry analysts Springboard.
Meanwhile, restaurant booking website Opentable found that the number of diners making reservations jumped 10% on 3 August, compared to the same day in 2019.
"Footfall results for the three days from Monday to Wednesday indicates that the 'Eat Out to Help Out' scheme has benefited retail destinations post 6pm, more than at lunchtime. Also, smaller towns across the UK gained a larger uplift in footfall than large city centres," says Springboard insights director Diane Wehrle.
"Over the three-day period, footfall rose in retail destinations across the UK by 18.9% post 6pm, versus a rise of 9.6% at lunch time (12pm to 2pm).
"And in market towns across the UK the rise in footfall of 25% from the same three
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