Daily impact of COVID-19 on restaurant dining in Ireland Feb-Aug 2020

Restaurants in Ireland re-opened in June 2020, following the coronavirus lockdown. The number of seated diners did not increase immediately, but was already above last years figures by end of the first week in July. As of August 11, 2020, the percentage of diners was 15.75 percent higher than the same day a year earlier.

Measures to reduce the spread of the the coronavirus (COVID-19) had a major impact on the Irish restaurant industry. In March 2020 the Irish government issued guidelines on social distancing in venues including restaurants and called on pubs and bars to close from Sunday March 15. A day later, the year-over-year change in seated diners in restaurants on the OpenTable reservation network in Ireland was down by 70 percent, dropping further in the next days, until the government ordered all cafes and restaurants to limit their service to deliveries and takeouts by midnight on March 24.

Year-over-year daily change in seated restaurant diners due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Ireland from February 24 to August 11, 2020

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Release date

August 2020



Survey time period

February 24 to August 11, 2020

Number of respondents

nearly 60,000 restaurants*

Supplementary notes

* Total global restaurants. Number of restaurants analyzed in Ireland not provided.

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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