Coronavirus: Supporting the Tourism and Hospitality Sectors

On 08 July 2020, measures were announced to support the Tourism and Hospitality Sectors.

Temporarily cutting VAT for the tourism and hospitality sectors, giving a much-needed boost to some of the industries hardest hit by coronavirus. From 15 July 2020, the Government will cut the rate of VAT applied across the UK to hospitality, accommodation and attractions from 20 per cent to 5 per cent until 12 January 2021. This could support almost 2 million businesses and protect 2.5 million jobs. 

Launching a new Eat Out to Help Out scheme – something that has never been done in this country ever before – giving people up to 50 per cent off meals out, encouraging them back into restaurants, cafes and pubs. Anyone who eats at a participating business, Monday to Wednesday for the month of August, can receive up to 50 per cent off food and non-alcoholic drinks, up to a value of £10 per person. Businesses can claim the money back from the government weekly, receiving funds within 5 working days. HMRC has published promotional materials for use by establishments who are taking part in the Eat Out To Help Out Scheme including posters and images. From 13 July, businesses are able to register for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.