8:30 pm Coronavirus UK news LIVE: Eat Out to Help Out scheme ends TODAY as Bolton hit with spike and deaths reach 41,501

THE Government’s popular Eat Out To Help Out scheme comes to an end today.

Eat Out to Help Out was introduced by chancellor Rishi Sunak to help boost the flagging hospitality sector and revive Britain’s pubs and restaurants, which had been ravaged by lockdown.

Under the scheme, restaurants offered customers half price food and soft drinks on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in August and recouped the cash from the government.

Meanwhile, Bolton has been hit with a ‘sudden’ coronavirus spike, just days before lockdown eases.

The rise has prompted Bolton council leader David Greenhalgh to arrange an emergency meeting with council and health officials on Tuesday morning.

It comes as the UK death toll increased by two to total 41,501, and cases in hit 335,873.

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