108,000 Eat Out To Help Out meals claimed in Newark, Southwell and Bingham
The number of meals eaten under the Government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme have been revealed.
Across the UK more than 100m meals have been claimed for so far (up to August 31, 2020) with 4,460 outlets in the East Midlands signed up to the scheme that aimed to get customers back into restaurants and cafés following the coronavirus lockdown by offering a 50% discount on meals and non-alcoholic drinks from Monday to Wednesday.
In the Newark constituency — which covers Newark, Southwell, Bingham, and surrounding villages —145 restaurants, cafés, or coffee shops signed up for the scheme.
During the month, 108,000 meals were discounted in the Newark constituency with an average discount of £6.49 per meal.
Newark MP Robert Jenrick said: "The government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme has been a fantastic success across Newark, Bingham, Southwell and the surrounding areas."
Mr Jenrick said £698,000 had been claimed, supporting local jobs and industry.
Businesses still have up to September 30 to make a claim so the numbers could continue to rise.
In the East Midlands, 3.7m meals were claimed. The total amount of discount amounts to £21,427,000 with the average discount per meal being £5.69.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the scheme’s popularity had helped protect the livelihoods of the 1.8m people working in the hospitality sector and drive the nation’s economic recover from coronavirus.
Mr Sunak said: “From the get-go our mission has been to protect jobs- and to do this we needed be creative, brave and try things that no government has ever done before.
“Today’s figures continue to show Eat Out To Help Out has been a success. I want to thank everyone, from restaurant owners to waiters, chefs and diners, for embracing it and helping drive our economic recovery.
“The scheme is just one part of our Plan for Jobs and we will continue to protect, support and create jobs to ensure we come back stronger as a nation.”
According to OpenTable data, restaurant bookings increased by an average of 53% on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the whole of August, compared with the same days in 2019. In July 2020, restaurant bookings were down 54% on average from Mondays to Wednesdays compared with 2019.
On August 31— the final day of the scheme — bookings were up 216% compared with the equivalent day in 2019.
Some businesses in the Newark district are continuing to offer discounts during September. A list can be found here .