The remaining restaurants are due to open when indoor dining is allowed (Picture: PA)
Wagamama is set to reopen roughly half of its restaurants for outdoor dining on April 12, when England’s coronavirus lockdown eases further.
The restaurant chain announced the plans ahead of Monday’s earlier relaxation of restrictions, confirming that 72 of its venues will open from al fresco dining next month.
The Japanese restaurant will reopen in line with the Government’s road map out of lockdown.
Boris Johnson is lifting some rules on Monday and expects to ease them further with outdoor drinking and dining allowed at pubs and restaurants from April 12.
Indoor dining will only be allowed after May 17, when Wagamama will look to reopen the remainder of its restaurants.
In Scotland, restaurants and pubs can open for outdoor drinking and dining from April 26 – and four more Wagamama sites will reopen on that date.
It will mark a welcome step for restaurants with outdoor space after the sector was forced to close to everything except takeaway when the third lockdown began at the beginning of the year.
Wagamama will open four more restaurants in Scotland for outdoor dining on April 26 (Picture: PA)
From April 12, diners will be able to meet in a group of up to six people from different households, while a maximum of two households can meet to form a group of any size.
A Wagamama spokesman said: ‘We’re excited to begin this first stage of reopening to our guests.
‘Our outdoor dining experience offers guests the same great Wagamama experience whilst complying with coronavirus safety regulations, ensuring both guest and staff safety.’
The group will continue offering delivery and click and collect.
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