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Rishi Sunak: Brits must “eat out to help out” the economy

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak has called on the public to go for meals at restaurants to help the economy recover from the slump brought on by the coronavirus lockdown. Brits must “eat out to help out” he told The Times.

Referring to Britain as a “consumption-driven economy,” he said, “People used to, three months ago, go out with their friends or family to go and have a meal.

“Or buy a car, or upgrade their house, or move house. Go camping, come up to the Yorkshire Dales and go to coast to coast.”

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak

The Chancellor said Brits had to “relearn what it’s like to go out again” as the government gave restaurants and pubs in England the go-ahead to re-open to the public to eat-in on 4 July for the first time since the lockdown began on 23 March.

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson echoed the importance of hospitality businesses to UK economy, but called for public responsibility, saying, “the success of these businesses … and ultimately the economic health of the whole country is dependent on every single one of us acting responsibly. We must not let them down.”

Mr Johnson re-iterated this point adding, “I will repeat the message to everybody that this is a big turning point for us, we’ve got to get it right. Let’s work together and enjoy summer safely.”

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