Diners have claimed 10.5mln discounts as part of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme in its first week.
The Treasury estimated it will cost around £50mln, with the average claim at £5.
The programme, designed to support the hospitality sector, takes 50% off the food bill in cafes, restaurants or pubs from Mondays to Wednesdays during the month of August. It is capped at £10.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak described the figures as “amazing”, the BBC reported.
The government has budgeted £500mln for this policy, which has increased the footfall in UK high streets, according to Springboard.
“It is clear that it was the post 6pm period that yielded the greatest rise in footfall, and also that smaller towns benefited more than large city centres,” the data company said.
“A large rise in footfall on Monday (a response to a large drop on the previous Monday due to heavy rain) means Tuesday and Wednesday offer a clearer picture; the overall impact on these two days was marginally positive, although the rise in footfall on each of these two days was actually more modest than in the week before.”
Published at Tue, 11 Aug 2020 09:38:00 +0000-Coronavirus: Eat Out to Help Out scheme receives 10.5mln claims in first week