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Chancellor gives diners 50% off on eating out

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Diners will get a 50% discount off their restaurant bill during August under government plans to bolster the embattled hospitality sector.Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled the "eat out to help out" discount as part of a series of measures to restart the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.The deal means people can get up to
As he announced the discount, the chancellor said the UK was facing a "unique moment" because of Covid-19, adding: "We need to be creative."Pubs and restaurants reopened on Saturday after more than three months in lockdown. The discount will not apply to alcohol, but to food and soft drinks up to ?10 per person.
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Mr Sunak said the plan was aimed at getting "customers back into restaurants, cafes and pubs" and protecting "the 1.8 million people who work in them".Businesses that want to take part in the scheme will have to register through a website that opens on Monday 13 July.Mr Sunak said: "Each week in August, businesses can then claim the money back, with the funds in their bank account within five working days."
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