Restaurant group Wagamama has unveiled plans to reopen around half of its restaurants for alfresco dining next month, including its Norwich restaurant.
Starting April 12, the noodle and katsu chain will reopen 72 of its branches for outdoor dining.
This follows Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to ease restrictions, with al fresco dining and drinking allowed in pubs and restaurants starting next month.
It will mark a welcome step for restaurants with outdoor space after the sector has been forced to close everything except take-out orders since the start of the third lockout earlier this year.
From this date, guests can meet in groups of up to six people from different households, while a maximum of two households can come together to form a group of any size.
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A spokesperson for Wagamama said: “We are delighted to begin this first step of reopening to our guests.
“Our outdoor dining experience gives customers the same great Wagamama experience while meeting coronavirus safety regulations, ensuring the safety of customers and staff. ”
Indoor dining will only be allowed after May 17, when Wagamama will seek to reopen the rest of its restaurants.
The group, which launched a new vegan range in January, will continue to offer delivery and click and collect throughout its chain.