Daily impact of COVID-19 on restaurant dining in the UK Feb-Mar 2020

Measures to reduce the spread of the the coronavirus (COVID-19) are proving to be damaging for the UK restaurant industry. As part of his televised statement on March 16, 2020, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson advised the public to avoid venues such as bars and restaurants, though no ban was yet enforced. The year-over-year decline in seated diners in UK restaurants went down by 52 percent that day, and by 82 percent on March 17, 2020. Only a few days later, from Friday evening on March 20, restaurants were forced to close.

Year-over-year daily change in seated restaurant diners due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the United Kingdom (UK) from February 24 to March 24, 2020

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Release date

March 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

February 24 to March 24, 2020

Number of respondents

nearly 60,000 restaurants*

Supplementary notes

* Total global restaurants. Number of restaurants analyzed in the UK not provied.

Data shows year-over-year seated diners at restaurants on the OpenTable network across all channels: online reservations, phone reservations, and walk-ins. For year-on-year comparisons by day, the source compares to the same day of the week from the same week in the previous year. For example, they compare Tuesday of week 11 2020 to Tuesday of week 11 in 2019. Only states or cities with 50+ restaurants in the sample are included. All restaurants on the OpenTable network in either period are included.
OpenTable is active in more than 80 countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States.

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