Did Eat Out to Help Out cause Covid to spread? 5 March 2021What was claimed Eat Out to Help Out led to an increase in Covid-19 infection rates Our verdict We cannot reliably say whether this is true. One study estimates that it did cause extra Covid cases, but it is uncertain, and often misunderstoodWe’ve been seeing a number of claims debating whether the government’s Eat Out to Help Out (EOHO) scheme led to an increase in Covid-19 infections. Eat Out to Help Out (EOHO) was a government scheme that encouraged people to visit restaurants by offering discounted meals last August. And how certain can we be about the relationship between Eat Out to Help Out and Covid-19 infections?