KFC and Wagamama have become the latest big-name brands to confirm plans to open up dozens of stores for delivery and takeaway.
Wagamama – now owned by The Restaurant Group – said it would reopen 67 stores by the end of June, allowing customers to collect dishes from restaurants or have them delivered to their doors.
The reopening follows successful trials in Leeds and London and will be carried out on a phased basis.
24 sites will open from tomorrow, followed by a further 20 next week.
If everything goes to plan, 67 sites will be operational by the end of June, representing around half its UK restaurant estate.
Each site will operate from Thursday to Sunday during the first week of opening, extending to Wednesday the week after.
Kitchens will operate from 4pm until 9.30pm, allowing the company to establish new Covid-19 secure working practices.
Emma Woods, CEO of Wagamama, said: “Over the past couple of months our focus has been on creating a safe working environment for our team members and our two-week trial has enabled our teams to return to work safely.
“The next logical step for us is to open additional sites throughout the UK, this will still very much form a ‘test and learn’ approach for the business. The response of our return has been extremely positive and we look forward to our guests being able to get their Wagamama fix.”
Chefs will be required to fill in mandatory health questionnaires before every shift, avoid contact with delivery riders and increase the frequency of hygiene regimes.
Meanwhile, KFC intends to open more than 500 of its stores throughout the UK in what represents a significant reawakening of its restaurant estate.
It is hoping to get most of the sites up and running this week, with those open for takeaway and drive-thru serving a limited menu so that restaurants can run with social distancing measures in place and fewer staff in the kitchens.
Perspex screens have been installed and kitchens have been remarked to ensure workers keep two metres apart.