In an effort to enhance social distancing and limit the spread of the coronavirus, the government came up with a discount dining scheme.
A number of shopping outlets including cafes, pubs and restaurants signed up to the half-price “eat out to help out” scheme. On Monday, restaurants were packed with diners taking advantage of the new scheme.
The scheme contributed to the huge increase in number of people in high the streets on Monday and industry figures showed that the number of people hitting the high street was up nearly 30 per cent on the same day last week.
The managers of different restaurants, restaurant staff and customers reported a busy day. By 3 pm figures on Monday showed that 19 per cent more people had visited shops and retail parks than the same time last week.
A restaurant manager, Paul Cooke, tweeted: “Only day one but it was consistently busy and it means I’m getting more of my team out of furlough.”
Despite the spike in figures at the beginning of the week, some restaurant owners have suggested that business will slow down later in the week.
Andrew MacLeod, the owner of Emilia`s Crafted Pizza, which had a “massive spike” in reservations, said: “We believe that this Thursday will be the new quiet Monday, and whole weekends look like they’re going to be quieter.”
Besides boosting restaurant sales, the introduction of the new scheme might encourage diners to continuously “eat out to help out” hence limit the spread of the coronavirus