Diners battle for deals on last days of Eat Out To Help Out with huge queues

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On the last days of Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Eat Out To Help Out scheme, Brits have flocked to restaurants with queues spotted snaking down streets.

Diners have been able to enjoy 50% off at some of the nation’s biggest restaurants this month.

The deal is available to all customers Monday through to Wednesday every week in August.

It is designed to get Brits out of the house again and spending on businesses after months of isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak's scheme appears to have worked with over 64,000,000 meals sold throughout the month and netting businesses much needed cash.

Some 84,000 restaurants signed up to the scheme, which gives retailers the opportunity to sell a plate of food half price, the other half of which they can claim from the Government.

Mr 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 nearly two million people who work in hospitality.

"I am urging everyone, where they can, to continue to safely enjoy a meal while the scheme remains open."

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The final day for the scheme is Monday, August 31, but as the scheme nears the end Brits took to the streets to queue up for their favourite meal.

People were spotted outside KFC, Wetherspoons, McDonald's and Wagamama.

One unimpressed would-be Nando's diner said: "As if Nando’s has a four-hour queue #EatOutToHelp Out."

"Queues out the door for pretty much every bar/restaurant I drove past this afternoon," a second said.

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Others shared concerns about social distancing in queues, with one woman claiming: "I am in a very long queue to #EatOutToHelpOut.

"Nobody is wearing masks. Kids are running wild.

"Fail to see how the scheme is helping reduce Covid-19 impacts if the half the people get sick anyway."

With customers returning to restaurants in their droves, many eateries have decided to keep going with it and fund it themselves throughout September.

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