Daily impact of COVID-19 on restaurant dining in Germany Feb-Aug2020

After closing for two months due to the coronavirus pandemic, restaurants in parts of Germany began to re-open in May 2020. The number of seated diners was much lower in the initial weeks compared to last year, but the figures, based on an analysis of online, phone and walk-in reservations, generally rose in the following months. On August 5, 2020, there were around 13.19 percent more seated diners in German restaurants than on the same day a year ago.

Measures to reduce the spread of the the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Germany had a major impact on the local restaurant industry. On March 16, 2020 the federal government together with federal states, announced new regulations that required restaurants to close daily by 6pm and to implement distancing between tables or to limit guests. On the day of the implementation, the year-over-year decline in seated diners in restaurants on the online reservation service OpenTable went down by a staggering 90 percent. Only a short time later most states had ordered all restaurants to close to guests, but still allowed them sell to customers if they ordered as a take out or delivery.

Year-over-year daily change in seated restaurant diners due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Germany from February 24 to August 5, 2020

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Source

Release date

August 2020

Region

Germany

Survey time period

February 24 to August 5, 2020

Number of respondents

nearly 60,000 restaurants*

Supplementary notes

* Total global restaurants. Number of restaurants analyzed in Germany 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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