Deliveroo has announced it will be launching a special discount for its customers in September as the Government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme comes to its end.
It allowed participating restaurants to offer 50% discounts (up to £10 off per head), subsidised in part by the government, and aimed to give the hospitality business a much-needed boost after spending nearly four months closed during lockdown.
It was supposed to end at the end of August, after throughout the month, discounts were offered on food and soft drinks for people dining-in on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Despite voices in the sector calling for an extension into the autumn, the scheme is now set to end on Monday 31 August.
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He continued: "Additional support is still needed for certain groups in the leisure sector, especially pubs".
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: "This scheme has reminded us how much we love to dine out, and in doing so, how this is helping to protect the jobs of almost 2 million people who work in hospitality".
Many were not able to open immediately, meaning they couldn't take advantage of the scheme for the full month, and therefore extending the scheme during September would help those businesses really benefit from Eat Out to Help Out.
It's vital that we continue to offer as much support as possible in areas where restrictions have been reintroduced - this would be a great way of doing just that.
"As we head into the winter and new year, the Government should be conscious of the fact that this scheme is one that genuinely works in helping to get people out into small businesses".More news: Netflix shows and movies that you can watch for free
"They will be pivotal to our recovery from this recession".
FSB Scotland has called for the scheme to be extended in Aberdeen which has missed out because of the lockdown imposed on the city.
David Groundwater, FSB's development manager for Aberdeen, said: "This snap poll clearly shows a majority of firms in Aberdeen are in favour of new help for the city's eateries".
The Eat Out to Help Out scheme aims to help protect the jobs of the hospitality industry's 1.8 million employees by encouraging people to safely return to their local restaurants, cafes and pubs where social-distancing rules allow.More news: Sir Frank Williams and Claire Williams step down from Williams team