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Guidance of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme and Beauty Reopening

 

Following the announcement yesterday, the Government has published the Guidance of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme including how businesses can register to be part of the Scheme. Registrations open next Monday, so it will be good to add details of those of you who have registered to our list of hospitality businesses (attached). If you are attending the Hospitality Restart webinar on Wednesday, I am sure this will be a subject which will crop up.

Summary of the scheme

  • The scheme will run from 3rd to 31st August 2020 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • It is a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person
  • It applies to food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat consumed on the premises
  • Alcohol and service charges are excluded from the offer.
  • There is no limit to the number of times customers can use the offer during the period of the scheme
  • The offer applies individually to all members of a group who are eating or drinking together – so it can’t be applied where a person in the group in not eating (ie., if a couple have a baby, they can only a get a maximum of £20 discount on their meal)

There is uncertainty as to whether packaged products are eligible. The guidance states that products such as dinner cruises are not eligible so clarity about B&B offerings has been requested.

Eligible Businesses

Eligible establishments are those in which food is sold for immediate on-premises consumption. This could include:

  • restaurants
  • cafés
  • public houses that serve food
  • hotel restaurants
  • restaurants and cafes within tourist attractions, holiday sites and leisure facilities
  • dining rooms within members’ clubs
  • workplace and school canteens

Here’s a link to more information

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/get-more-information-about-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme/get-more-information-about-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme

Registration

To claim the discount from Government, businesses must register. Registrations will open on 13th July and Close on 31st August

You can register if your establishment:

  • sells food for immediate consumption on the premises
  • provides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in meals
  • was registered as a food business with the relevant local authority on or before 7 July

You cannot register if your establishment:

  • only offers takeaway food or drink
  • provides catering services for private functions
  • is an accommodation business that provides room service only
  • dining services (such as packaged dinner cruises)
  • mobile food vans or trailers

The registration will be instantaneous with businesses receiving a reference number to use to claim reimbursement from the Government. They will also receive downloadable promotional materials to use to let your customers know they are part of the scheme.

The link to full guidance on registration is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/register-your-establishment-for-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme

CABINET OFFICE UPDATE

1) Next phase of reopening 

The government has outlined the measures that will allow outdoor pools to reopen from Saturday 11 July and indoor gyms, swimming pools and sports facilities to reopen from Saturday 25 July, ensuring millions of people can get back into more sport and fitness activities.
Further guidance on grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities reopening can be found here: https://bit.ly/GymsLeisureReopening.
Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, also outlined that beauticians, tattooists, spas, tanning salons and other close-contact services can also reopen from Monday 13 July.
Existing guidance on close contact services will be updated here: https://bit.ly/CV19CloseContactGuidance.
Finally, the Culture Secretary highlighted that performing arts can now take place outdoors from Saturday 11 July with a socially distanced audience present. The government will also work with the sector to pilot a number of small indoor performances with a social distanced audience to help inform plans about how best to get indoor venues back up and running.
Further guidance on performing arts reopening can be found here: https://bit.ly/CV19PerformingArts.
Full details of the statement can be found here: https://bit.ly/CSStatement
2) Free advice to small firms
The Recovery Advice for Business scheme, supported by the government and hosted on the Enterprise Nation website, will give small firms access to free, one-to-one advice with an expert adviser to help them through the coronavirus pandemic and to prepare for long-term recovery.
The platform is now live: https://bit.ly/EnterpriseNationSupport. Advice offered will include bespoke, specialist assistance from accountancy, legal, and advertising to marketing, recruitment and digital to help businesses adapt to difficult circumstances and to bounce back as the UK economy recovers.
Further details on the announcement and how it works can be found here: https://bit.ly/PNFreeAdvice.

 

I’ve not had chance to read through the guidance yet, but please get in touch tomorrow if you need help and support.

 

Good luck everyone – we’re in this together.

 

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