WAGAMAMA is planning to open 72 of its restaurants to provide outside dining from April 12.
Under Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown, restaurants with outdoor seating are allowed to open up from then.
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The roadmap is subject to various conditions including the continued success of the vaccination roll out and evidence that the jabs are effective at reducing hospitalisations and deaths.
Infection rates must not overwhelm the NHS and as long as new variants are not a threat, then unlocking the country can go ahead as planned.
Wagamama says that the 72 restaurants that will be opening is around 50% of its total estate.
Wagamama has never taken bookings and the chain says it’s not going to start now. Instead you just need to turn up and you will be seated quickly and safely.
Under current government plans indoor dining will only be allowed after May 17 when Wagamama says it will look at re-opening the remainder of its restaurants.
Timeline for businesses reopening after lockdown
PRIME Minister Boris Johnson has outlined his roadmap for easing England out of lockdown.
Businesses will be allowed to reopen on the following dates, as long as the “four steps to freedom” are met.
- Hospitality outdoors
- Self-catered staycations with one household
- Indoor hospitality
- Indoor exercise gyms
- Bingo halls
- Sports stadiums to reopen but capped to 10,000 fans
Vegan fans will also be able to try some of the Wagamama’s new vegan range for the first time ever – including vegan chilli squid.
A Wagamama spokesperson said: “We’ve got some incredible new dishes for guests to try. We announced in January that we had developed our biggest vegan range ever… but with some of these dishes not being suitable for our delivery and click + collect menu, guests are yet to try them.”
Wagamama will continue to offer delivery and click + collect at all of their currently trading restaurants.
Here’s the full list of restaurants in England that will be ready to open on April 12.
- Trinity Leeds
- St Peters Manchester
- Cheshire Oaks
- Manchester Spinningfields
- Media City
- Liverpool Speke
- Leeds White Rose
- Rushden Lakes
- New Street Birmingham
- Leicester Highcross
- Milton Keynes
- St Albans
- Whitely Fareham
- Cambridge Leisure
- Bury St Edmonds
- High Wycombe
- Bristol Cabot Circus
- Gloucester Quays
- Royal Festival Hall
- North Greenwich
- Old Street
- Westfield White City
- Finchley Great North Leisure Park
- Clink Street London
Scotland is working to a different timetable, but Wagamama is gearing up to open doors on April 26.
There are four restaurants that will be ready to open located in: Glasgow Fort, Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird, Edinburgh St Andrews and Livingston.
What businesses are already open?
Essential retailers – for instance those that sell food, medicine or building supplies – have been allowed to stay open throughout the third lockdown.
This means you don’t have to wait to take a trip to these stores – you can go now, but make sure you’re looping your visit in with an essential journey.
Here’s the full list of essential businesses which the government has ruled can stay open:
- Garden centres
- Building merchants and suppliers of building products and off-licences
- Market stalls selling essential retail
- Businesses providing repair services but only if they primarily offer repair services
- Petrol stations
- Automatic (but not manual) car washes
- Vehicle repair and MOT services
- Bicycle shops
- Taxi and vehicle hire businesses
- Banks and building societies
- Post offices
- Short-term loan providers and money transfer businesses
- Funeral directors
- Laundrettes and dry cleaners
- Medical and dental services
- Vets and pet shops
- Animal rescue centres, boarding facilities, and animal groomers
- Agricultural supplies shops
- Mobility and disability support shops
- Storage and distribution facilities
- Car parks
- Public toilets
- Motorway service areas
- Outdoor playgrounds
- Outdoor parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites for exercise
- Places of worship
- Crematoriums and burial grounds
Outdoor drinking in pub beer gardens in England should also be back on the cards from April 12.
The full list of businesses allowed to reopen on Monday including outdoor swimming pools and golf courses.
If you’re not sure what the third lockdown means, or what the rules are, check out our guide.