Local Conservative & Unionist Party representative Gary Hynds has welcomed the Eat Out To Help Out Scheme, which will give people in Lagan Valley up to 50 per cent off their bills in restaurants, cafes and pubs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August.
The scheme – part of the government’s Plan for Jobs that will spur the country’s economic recovery from coronavirus – applies to all food and non-alcoholic drinks, with a maximum discount per person of £10.
In Northern Ireland, there are 1512 participating independent establishments, and outlets from smaller chains (those with 25 restaurants or fewer). More than 72,000 establishments are participating in total, including independent eateries and family favourites. The scheme will help keep more money in hardworking families’ pockets and give the UK’s hospitality sector a vital boost
Commenting, Gary said: “The Eat Out To Help Out scheme is a great way to boost local businesses and protect jobs across our hospitality sector – which has been hard hit by coronavirus – while allowing families to keep more money in their pockets. “I encourage constituents to enjoy summer safely by going out and supporting their local restaurant.”
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said: “Our Eat Out to Help Out scheme’s number one aim is to help protect the jobs of 1.8 million chefs, waiters pub owners and restaurateurs by boosting demand and getting customers through the door.
“More than 72,000 establishments will be serving discounted meals across the country, with the government paying half the bill. The industry is a vital ingredient to our economy and has been hit hard by coronavirus. So enjoy summer safely by showing your local restaurants your support.”
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