Recently, the United Kingdom rolled out a scheme known as Eat Out To Help Out. The purpose was to give customers an incentive to eat in a restaurant by providing them with a discount which could then be claimed from the government by the establishment.
This idea was introduced to boost consumer spending in the struggling hospitality industry, which was heavily affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
When the Eat Out To Help Out scheme was launched, 83,000 businesses signed up. This strategy was widely welcomed by the public which led to a surge in eating out. But, due to the crowds at restaurants, the number of Covid-19 cases increased.
As Singapore's food industry has also been affected by Covid-19, a similar scheme could be adopted here. More government incentives for food delivery could be given to help the industry recover yet prevent crowding at food outlets leading to a spread in infections.
Sara Shriram, 17,
Year 1 IB student