HMRC has launched a website enabling consumers to find establishments within a five-mile radius that are taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
More than 53,000 outlets across the UK have so far signed up to the scheme, according to HMRC, and it has begun distributing Eat Out to Help Out stickers and posters to them.
At participating outlets diners that eat-in will benefit from a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, on food and non-alcoholic drinks, any Monday to Wednesday in August.
Participating outlets must wait seven days from registration to make their first claim with all eligible claims being paid within five working days. Claims can be submitted weekly and businesses are encouraged to register before the 3 August to benefit for the entire month in which the scheme runs.
Chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak said: “Our restaurants, cafes and bars play a vital role in our economy, employing more than a million people. They have been hit hard by coronavirus, so it’s vital we do everything we can to help them recover.
“Our Eat Out to Help Out scheme is designed to get more customers through the door – protecting jobs by giving businesses the confidence to retain and hire staff. More than 53,000 businesses across the country have already signed up, and from today you’ll be able to find one near you with the online finder.”
Further information for businesses, including how to register and make a claim, is available here