Takeaways and Coronavirus: a Guide for Customers and Operators, Updated October 27th 2020 – Following the article I wrote about Coronavirus FAQs for Restaurant, Cafes and Takeaways , some visitors contacted our company through chat. Most of them would ask the exact same question:
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So I have decided to put together a guide on Takeaways and Coronavirus that could be used for both takeaway customers and operators.
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Most of the takeaways are still open for business in Ireland, UK, US and Rest of the World.
Additionally, some restaurants are also repurposing their operations to collection and / or delivery only. You can read more in our article Coronavirus Marketing Examples from Restaurants, Cafes and Takeaways.
Having said that, many takeaways might change their opening hours and put limitations in place such as contactless payments, no-seating and no-contact delivery.
If you want to know how to temporarily change your business hours and description on Google Maps, make sure you read our post on how to update Google My Business during COVID-19.
Some takeaways take it to the next level…
Lads.. don’t be stuck for a Chinese takeaway..
There a always a way around the closures 😁😁 pic.twitter.com/OzQsQQfN51
— will…. 🇮🇪🇪🇺 ☘☘ (@cloneywill) March 18, 2020
For this reason, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on their business profiles on social media. If no info is available there, you can always give the business a call.
As of 12 am on Tuesday, March 24th all non-essential shops in the UK are to close their premises to the public,
including takeaways, restaurants and cafes, while online orders and deliveries will continue. As far as takeaways, the government guidance says ‘people can continue to enter premises to access takeaway services, including delivery drivers’ (source: manchestereveningnews.co.uk).
Following the government’s guidance issued on March 23rd, ‘takeaway and delivery facilities should remain open and operational’ (source: gov.uk):
This means people can continue to enter premises to access takeaway services, including delivery drivers.
Businesses are encouraged to take orders online or by telephone, and businesses should not provide seating areas, indoors and outdoors, for customers to consume food and drink on. Ordering in advance is strongly encouraged to avoid waiting in, as per Public Health England guidelines.
Planning regulation has been changed to enable restaurants, cafés and pubs which do not currently offer delivery and hot food takeaway to do so. The legislation can be accessed online.
People must not consume food or drinks on site at restaurants, cafés or pubs whilst waiting for takeaway food.
As of 23rd of September, a number of new rules has been implemented to limit the number of COVID-19 cases.
Specifically, restaurants, pubs and takeaways must close by 10 pm. This doesn’t apply to delivery services.
From Wednesday, March 25th Ireland will see new Coronavirus restrictions in place, including the closing of all non-essential shops.
Takeaways, ‘restaurants and cafes can operate only for takeaway and delivery’ (source: rte.ie).
Following his speech to the people of Ireland on Friday, March 27th Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed in a tweet on Saturday, March 28th that takeaways stay open:
No need to do all shopping or stockpile this morning. Food stores and takeaways staying open in the emergency. The 2km is about exercising locally. You can go beyond the 2km to buy food and medicines. The supplies are good. We all have a part to play in rising to this challenge
— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) March 28, 2020
As of 21st October 2020 Ireland is on Level 5, which means all non-essential businesses must remain close and people who can must work from home for the next six weeks.
Restaurants, cafes and pubs can only operate only for takeaway and delivery.
On May 1st 2020 the government of Ireland has published a detailed roadmap on the ‘reopening of society and business’ confirming cafes, restaurants and takeaways could serve food on premises starting June 29th 2020 (source: gove.ie).
Until then restaurants, cafes and takeaways will continue to offer delivery and collection services only.
This is the most up to date lists of takeaways, restaurants and cafes open for delivery and / or collection in Ireland.
- Aladdin Kebab
- Base WFP
- Biryani Box
- Bombay Flame
- Bombay Pantry
- Boojum (Mespil Rd, Kevin St, Smithfield)
- Bruno’s Takeaway
- Burger King
- Cafe Bliss
- Cafe Oasis
- Camile Thai
- Casanovas WFP
- Castello Asian
- Chai Yo
- Chicken Hut
- Chickn Lickn
- Chop Chop
- Chrysanthemum Chinese
- Ciao WFP
- Cinelli Whitechurch
- Clanbrassil St Bistro
- D Grill
- Dall Italia
- Damascus Gate
- Delhi Lounge
- Dollard & Co
- Dublin Kebab
- El Patron
- Elephant & Castle
- Emperor BBQ
- Er Buchetto
- Excelsior Asian
- Fabbrica Di Pizza
- Firehouse Pizza
- Fishtail Nepalese
- Flaming Wok
- Gallaghers Boxty House, Tallaght
- Ginos & Fountain
- Golden Chip
- Golden Cod Noodle Box
- Golden Grain
- Golden Kebab
- Golden Tandoori
- Gourmet Express
- Gourmet Food Parlour, Santry & Dun Laoghaire
- Great Wall & A-Roy Thai
- Green Italia Woodfired Pizza
- Green Mango
- Green Masala
- Hanleys Cornish Pasties
- Hanoi Tower
- Hasu Japanese & Thai
- Ho Ho
- Hogs & Heifers
- Hong Kee
- Hub Himalayan
- India Link
- Jewel in the Crown
- Jolin’s Vietnamese Coffee House
- Kanum Thai
- Khans Balti House
- Konkan Indian
- Korean Burrito
- KuRaudo Dublin 2
- La Costa
- Leo Burdock’s
- Lotts & Co
- Macari 66
- Madina Desi Curry
- Maharajah Indian, Clontarf
- Mao at Home
- McGuinness Takeaway
- Mi Thai
- Michie Sushi
- Mint Leaf
- Morocco Gate
- Multi Pizza
- Namaste India
- New Sunrise D7
- Ocean Garden Chinese
- One Society
- Passion 4 Pizza
- Paulista Pizza
- Pearl River
- Peter’s Takeaway
- Pete’s Restaurant
- Pinheads Pizza
- Pita Pit Blanchardstown & Pita Pit Point Campus
- Pizza Hut Delivery
- Pizza Mor
- Pizza Shack
- Pizza Yard
- Quiznos D1
- Ravi’s Kitchen
- Rialto Malaysian Chinese
- Rick’s Burgers
- Rosso Authentic WFP
- Rua Pizza
- Ruby’s Pizza & Grill
- Sampa Foods
- San Sab
- Sanuk Thai
- Sashimir Sushi
- Sawadee Thai
- Shaka Poke, Blackrock
- Silvio’s Food Fare
- Silvios Templeogue
- Spice Cove
- Spice Guru
- Spice of India
- Spice Village
- Staple Foods
- Sun Bear Gelato
- Super Pizza
- Tadka House
- Thai Orchid
- The American Diner
- The Fish Bar
- The Good Food Store
- The Punnet Food Emporium
- Tiger WFP
- Uno Pizza
- Vermilion Indian
- Victoria Chinese
- Wallace Asti
- Wasabi Sushi Bar
- Wing It
- Yummy Oriental
- Zucconi Restaurant
- Baan Thai Ballsbridge
- Grainger’s The Manor Inn, Swords
- Green Fox Cafe, Harold’s Cross
- Impasto 48
- Lets Eat In
- Mr Wu, Chapelizod
- Say Fish, Dun Laoghaire
- Sushida, South Circular Rd & Rathmines
- The Brick Room, Balbriggan
- Cafe Bar in Swords
- Anglers Rest in Castleknock/Strawberry Beds
- Gourmet Food Parlour
- Farmer Browns
- Big Bite
- Bombay Palace
- Burger Hut
- Burger King
- Camile Thai
- Fellas Good Food Company
- Four Star Pizza
- Grilled Pepper
- Heaven Pizza
- Lan Tana Pizza
- Madina Kebabs
- Mamak Asian
- Mirch Masala
- Oregano Leaf Pizzeria
- Phoenix House
- Spice Inn Indian
- Star Max
- The Four Liars Bistro
- Tung SIng
- Village Inn
- Zico’s Pizza
- Shake Dog
- Bubble Bee
- Burger King
- Capital Turkish Kebab
- Cappagh Chinese Restaurant
- Charcoal Grill
- Four Star Pizza
- Galway Bites
- Galway Tandoori
- Glynn’s Kitchen Pizzeria
- Golden Mountain
- Indi Garden
- Jack Jordans
- Kebab Hut
- Khow Thai
- King Ding
- Lana Asian Street Food
- Lolo’s Pizza & Pasta
- Norio’s Diner
- Osteria Italiania
- Papa Rich
- Shake Dog, Eyre Sq
- U LioTru
- Vinnie’s Takeaway
- Woozza Wood Fired Pizza
- Xian Tuam & Claregalway
- Achari indian
- Blossom Chinese
- Burger King
- Camile Thai
- Casa Nova
- Cedar House
- Freda’s Takeaway
- Gala House
- Istanbul Kebab
- Just Pizza & Kebab
- Kebab Corner
- King’s Pizza
- Lana Asian Street Food
- Mix Spice 3 n 1
- Pagoda Corbally
- Pizza Bites
- Pizza Club
- Pizza Galaxy
- Sizzler’s Pizza House
- Solo Pizza
- Spice of India
- Stuffin’s Chinese
- Super Bites
- The Curry House
- Turkmen Grill
- Wok To Go
- Yummy Yummy
In the US the scenario changes from state to state. The common theme is that seated areas are closed across the country.
Here’s a breakdown of the states where takeaways are open for business, takeout and delivery only (source: wsj.com):
Here’s a breakdown of the states where restaurants are open for business (sources: forbes.com, nytimes.com, aljazeera.com):
As of Sunday, March 22nd takeaways, ‘restaurants and cafes will only be allowed to offer takeaway’ and delivery services (source: abc.net.au).
This varies from country to country.
In the UK ‘they can continue to provide takeout services’ (source: Thesun.co.uk).
In Ireland ‘Cafes
and pubs can stay open but are advised to do so with caution’. Most cafes and restaurant are closed. The ones that are open they only offer collection or delivery (source: Dublinlive.ie.
In the US most takeaways are open for takeout and delivery only – no seated diners.
Yes, takeaways are considered an essential services in most countries, including UK, Ireland, the US and Canada.
Chinese takeaways, like any other takeaway, are considered an essential service. They can stay open as long as they follow the latest public health guidance.
Ordering from takeaways is generally safe as there is currently no evidence of COVID-19 being transmitted through food, food packaging and containers, or food handling.
We already reported this answer in the article Coronavirus FAQs for Restaurants, Cafes and Takeaways:
Experience with SARS and MERS suggest that people are not infected with the virus through food. So, it is unlikely the virus is passed on through food and there is no evidence yet of this happening with COVID-19 (coronavirus) to date.
Coronaviruses need a host (animal or human) to grow in and cannot grow in food. Thorough cooking is expected to kill the virus because we know that a heat treatment of at least 30min at 60ºC is effective with SARS (source: fsai.ie).
Again, from the same article:
Currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19. Like other viruses, it is possible that the virus that causes COVID-19 can survive on surfaces or objects such as money.
Current information suggests that the virus may survive a few hours on surfaces.
Because there is not significant dat available, infectious disease expert Dr. Thomas Tsai gives the following advice (source: The Guardian):
it’s not a bad idea to wash your hands before you look through containers and potentially to wipe down some of the exterior surfaces.
Currently, there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19.
Having said that, it’s probably worth making a distinction between takeaway operators preparing your food and those delivering your order.
Since they regularly see a number of people as part of their job, their chances of contracting the virus are higher than the average.
The no-contact delivery put in place by many food delivery services should reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 for both couriers and customers.
Keeping the so called ‘social distancing’ is also another way to minimise the risk.
Again, Dr. Tsai on this:
Especially if they are making deliveries to families who are in quarantine because they’ve tested positive for the infection. Given the number of people they see daily, the deliverers are probably among those at greatest risk of exposure, so they do need to be careful.
The majority of food delivery services including Just Eat, Deliveroo, Uber Eats and Takeaway.com are putting in place extra precautions to reassure their customers and partners. These include:
No-Contact or Zero-Contact Delivery means you will have no contact with the deliverer of your food, which will be left at the door or at an agreed pick-up point.
Car window drop off means you will receive your order while waiting in the car outside the premise. Some takeaways ask customers to wait in the car or give this option.
A hatch facility is a window food can be delivered through. One of the most well-known hatch facilities is the McDonald’s drive-thru.
Social distancing is about keeping a space of 2 metres (6.5 feet) between you and other people. It’s also recommended not shake hands or make close contact if possible.
Social distancing is in place in premises that accept walk-ins such as takeaways.
Contactless Payment is a form of payment where you can buy products or services by using your credit card, debit card or smartphone.
You pay by swapping your card or device onto a second device, which is used to process the payment.
It’s particularly recommended as preferred form of payment during the Coronavirus outbreak because it doesn’t involve the touching of any surface.
While some takeaways still accept cash, it’s recommended that you use contactless payments as COVID-19 can survive on surfaces and objects such as money.
This is the only statement I could find from Just Eat (source: Heart.co.uk):
We are introducing contactless delivery and continue to share relevant government advice with restaurants, couriers and our people
As for Takeaway.com, the Dutch company that acquired Just Eat earlier in January, they confirmed to Reuters that as of Friday, March 14th they would start ‘dropping orders at the door’ and that they will provide ‘delivery without physical contact’ (source: Reuters.com).
This is one of the statements issued by Deliveroo through a spokesperson (source: Yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk):
As well as providing restaurants with additional packaging and stickers to seal the delivery bags, we’re also launching a no-contact drop-off service which will mean you can request in the app that your rider leaves the food on your doorstep – removing the need for direct contact for both parties.
Uber posted an official statement on their website about the coronavirus outbreak and the steps the precautions they are taking. Here’s the main points:
Marvin.ie published a blog post ‘COVID-19 Tips for Takeaways’. They also offer some printing material that can be used in store. The tips are mostly for takeaways operators and are split between delivery and takeaways management:
A representative from Grubhub confirmed that they will start doing contact-free delivery and that they have ‘provided drivers and restaurants with the CDC’s recommendations that focus on good hygiene’ (source: nypost.com).
Seamless belongs to GrubHub and applies the same precautions of the main group. These are mainly focused on contact-free delivery and extra hygiene for both drivers and restaurants.
Instacart belongs to GrubHub and applies the same precautions of the main group. These are mainly focused on contact-free delivery and extra hygiene for both drivers and restaurants.
Apache Pizza has a very detailed protocol in place, which can be found on their website. This protocol is focused on the following precautions:
As of Friday, March 27th all Apache Pizza stores in Ireland and Northern Ireland will stop accepting cash as a form of payment:
*Disclaimer: Apache Pizza is an Increasily customer.
The only precaution I could find about Domino’s is the contact-free delivery option. From their Twitter account:
‘Contact Free Delivery’ at checkout on pre-paid orders. Your driver will call when they arrive to find out where you’d like your order left. Once it’s been placed in your agreed location, the driver will stay at least 2 metres away.
Four Star Pizza issue a statement, in the form of a blog post, about their ‘enhanced hygiene measures’. The main points are:
Pizza Hut published a blog post on their website, mostly focused on contact-free delivery. This is mostly focused on online payment, contact-free delivery and social distancing.
I couldn’t find any statement, blog post or press release about extra precautions in place.
McDonald’s has been one of the few brands, if not the only one, to share a video from his CEO updating their customers about the measures in place during the COVID-19 outbreak.
In brief, they have decided to ‘close seating areas, including the use of self-service beverage bars and kiosks, and shift our focus to serving customers through Drive-Thru, walk-in take-out and McDelivery’.
On Sunday, March 22nd McDonald’s issued a statement confirming the decision to close all restaurants in Ireland and UK by 7 pm on Monday, March 23rd at the latest:
An update from McDonald’s UK and Ireland — See you soon pic.twitter.com/43moFRrWRR
— McDonald’s UK (@McDonaldsUK) March 22, 2020
Following rumours about a possible reopening of some stores, McDonald’s UK and Ireland has issued a statement confirming they are looking into a ‘potential and limited reopening’ (source: fm104.ie).
McDonald’s remains open in Australia. The following are some of the extra precautions put in place (source: 7news.com.au):
Our [McDonald’s] crew are regularly washing their hands with anti-microbial hand wash, and as always, wearing gloves as they prepare your meal. The same hand wash is available for our [McDonald’s] customers to use to wash their hands in our [McDonald’s] customer bathrooms.
McDonald’s is reopening six outlets in Dublin starting May 20th. The stores will only offer drive-thru services for the moment.
The exact locations will be confirmed by McDonald’s closer to date.
‘From Wednesday (May 13) McDonald’s will begin to reopen 15 of its restaurants for delivery only’. You can find the full list here (source: getsurrey.co.uk).
In a statement by Christopher Finazzo, President BK Americas, Burger King highlights what they are doing to keep their customer safe. This is an extract from their statement:
Safety: We are proud to say we have best-in-class cleaning procedures in place in our restaurants worldwide. We have handwashing, sanitization and cleaning rules that make sense. We wipe down pin-pads and door handles. We disinfect tables, chairs and all the surfaces in our restaurants.In light of COVID-19, we have increased the frequency of these cleanings, which now occur multiple times every hour at each of our restaurants.
Experts: We are connected with government experts. Whether it’s the CDC here in the United States or local government experts around the world. When the crisis started in China, we were among the first to do everything that these experts asked of us.
Teamwork: We are working hard with our amazing restaurant owners and their team members to always do the right thing for you, our guest. We will never cut corners. We have been America’s burger brand for over 50 years and it’s because you can trust that we strive to do the right thing.
Delivery: We have been meeting with the world’s biggest delivery partners to make sure they can handle increased demand for delivery. We offer BK Delivery on the BK Mobile App, BK.com, and with Uber Eats, DoorDash, GrubHub, and Postmates. The BK Mobile App also offers simple ordering and pickup through the drive-thru or in-store, helping to provide a more touchless experience to keep you feeling as comfortable as possible.
Industry: We are talking to other restaurant chains around the world to understand what they are doing. We are the most competitive burger brand on the planet. But, there are times to turn down the grill and make sure as a restaurant industry that we are learning from each other. We are staying in touch with our competitors to make sure we’re all doing the right thing together in this situation so that you don’t have to worry about your health when you walk into any restaurant in the United States – whether ours or someone else’s.
Burger King UK, which was temporarily closed during the lockdown, is reopening four restaurants, respectively in Bristol (2), Coventry and Swindon as of April 16th (source: bbc.com):
Staff will wear masks and gloves and will be trained in running delivery-only kitchens hygienically, the fast food chain said.
There will be stringent cleaning measures, and staff will get social distancing training.
The restaurants will also donate 1,000 meals per week to staff working at NHS hospitals in the vicinity of the reopened restaurants.
As of May 11th, some Burger King stores will reopen in the UK. Some stores will offer only rive-thru services, while other offer takeaway.
All Burger King outlets in the UK are supposed to reopen by May 18th.
You can find the full list in this article (source: manchestereveningnews.co.uk).
On Monday, March 23rd KFC issued a statement on Twitter confirming they are closing all their UK and Ireland restaurants by Wednesday, March 25th:
As of today, we will begin closing all our restaurants in the UK & Ireland. Stay safe ❤️ pic.twitter.com/pX4WzgExyC
— KFC UK & Ireland (@KFC_UKI) March 23, 2020
As of April 16th KFC UK have a number or restaurants open in ‘Aldershot, Birmingham, Glasgow, Ipswich, London, Manchester, Portsmouth, Stockport, and Tamworth’.
In a letter posted on their website on March 18th, KFC CEO confirmed their US operations will be offering takeout and delivery only:
Starting Thursday, March 19, 2020, our restaurants across the U.S. will offer drive-thru, carryout, and delivery services only. Our dining rooms remain open for to-go/carryout only. You can order at the front counter and take your food to go, or you can order online at KFC.com and pick up your meal at the designated area at the front counter. If you don’t want leave your car, our drive thrus will continue to service you, too. Our Kentucky Fried Chicken Buckets & sides have always been perfect for eating at home, offering Sunday dinner seven days a week. And across the U.S., we’ll be offering free delivery through April 26 via KFC.com. We’re using tamper-evident seals so that your food travels safely, and with Grubhub delivery orders, you can now select the option for contact-free delivery at checkout so you have the safest experience possible.
As of May 15th there is no official news about KFC reopening in Ireland.
KFC has started reopening some of its UK outlets from May 5th. You can find the full list of shops here.
Eddie Rocket’s has temporarily closed all their diners to the public until further notice.
They have a delivery service in place from selected diners:
They have made no official statement about COVID-19 on either website or social media but they offer free meals to members of the emergency services:
On Monday, March 23rd Supermac’s confirmed they are closing their seating areas. Stores will close until further notice by 7pm GMT on Thursday, March 26th.
On April 22nd Supermac’s confirmed the reopening of 15 stores across Ireland strictly for drive-through, delivery and collection only (source: irishmirror.ie):
All the following rules will be enforced to make sure of the safety of customers and workers;
- all services will be contactless
- card payment only
- dedicated work stations for all staff
- staff gloves will be provided
- staff masks will be provided
- staff temperature monitoring will take place at the commencement of each shift
- dedicated delivery driver working area
- dedicated drive and collect points where applicable
- dedicated delivery and collection bags
At Subway they have decided to ‘temporarily suspend in-restaurant dining in restaurants and move to a takeout-only model. In the official statement, they also mention additional precautions to tackle COVID-19:
Increasing frequency of cleaning and sanitizing restaurants, especially most-touched surfaces like door handles, credit card readers, dining areas, and restrooms, so that it’s done every hour.
Temporarily removing dine-in sandwich baskets and serving trays, and amending our beverage refill policy to offer you a new cup with each refill.
Reinforcing our existing health and food safety protocols with restaurant teams, such as frequent and proper handwashing, glove use, and ensuring employees who are ill stay home and seek medical attention.
Making it a little easier to have a more touchless experience through www.Subway.com/Delivers with our partners DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates and Uber Eats. They also offer free delivery and special promotions for takeout.
On Monday, March 23rd Subway confirmed they are closing their stores in both UK and Ireland.
As of May 12th Subway announced the reopening of 25% of its stores across UK and Ireland. Here’s the full list of outlets reopening.
On Sunday, March 23rd Nando’s released an official statement confirming the closure of its restaurants in UK and Ireland until further notice:
Lots of love, Nando’s ❤ pic.twitter.com/OxIGVeU4S5
— Nando’s (@NandosUK) March 22, 2020
On April 28th, Nando’s confirmed the reopening of six restaurants in the UK for delivery only (source: standard.co.uk):
- Nando’s Clink Street, London, SE1 9DG, via Deliveroo
- Nando’s Camberwell, London, SE5 8RX, via Deliveroo
- Nando’s Canary Wharf – Jubilee Place, London, E14 5NY, via Deliveroo
- Nando’s Gloucester Road, London, SW7 4ST, via Deliveroo
- Nando’s Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6SS, via Deliveroo
- Nando’s Printworks, Manchester, M4 2BS, via Deliveroo
On Saturday, March 21st Pret a Manger confirmed they were closing their 400 stores across the UK.
As of April 16th, Pret a Manger confirmed the reopening of 10 restaurants near London hospitals (source: bbc.com).
As of April 15th Pret a Manger started reopening some of its stores close to hospitals ‘to support healthcare workers’.
At the time of writing, Abrakebabra has made no official statement about COVID-19 on either their website or social media.
Fish and Chip Leo Burdock issued a statement on Facebook about how their stores are dealing with COVID-19. In brief:
We have reduce our sit down area to a minimum and spaced seating.
Now in most locations have now limited it to take away and delivery service only.
Our staff are currently using gloves and hand santiser.
Disinfectant has been increased on all surfaces throughout the day.
We encourage customers to use contactless where possible as payment.
In an official statement shared on Twitter, Beshoff Bros confirmed they are closing their stores across Co Dublin as of Monday, March 23rd:
We are sorry to announce that we will be closing our stores until further notice for any walk-in customers. You will still be able to order for Delivery through UberEats or https://t.co/4NfRdct13i
To see our full post, please visit our Facebook page or Instagram. pic.twitter.com/NaXf1p6ekf
— Beshoff Bros (@BeshoffsBros) March 23, 2020
This follows recent social media footage and pictures of long queues of people outside one of their outlets.
The posts generated controversy and concern about people not keeping social distancing, as per government advice:
Q for fish and chips in Howth. Absolutely disgraceful. And then we wonder why people are getting sick pic.twitter.com/VSlZU7R1ZU
— richie carroll (@fitzgeraldshome) March 22, 2020
On Monday, March 23rd Starbucks confirmed the closing of their coffee shops in Ireland until further notice.
This followed the statement from Saturday, March 21st confirming the temporary closing of their coffee shops in the US and Canada for two weeks.
On Friday, March 20th Starbucks UK also confirmed they were closing their coffee shops.
As of May 15th there is no official news about Starbucks reopening in Ireland.
Starbucks is reopening 150 of its coffee shops in the UK as of Thursday, May 14th.
On Monday, March 23rd Costa Coffee issued a statement communicating they were closing their UK and Ireland coffee shops, while their ‘Costa Express Machines will continue to operate’ (source: hulldailymail.co.uk).
Following the reopening of some outlets in late April ,Costa Coffee is reopening 46 sites across the UK as of May 15th.
All their Ireland coffee shops are closed as of March 20th:
Important announcement to our Insomnia Community ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Hc0ciaBnu0
— Insomnia Coffee (@_InsomniaCoffee) March 20, 2020
On April 18th, Insomnia confirmed via The Independent they were going to re-open three shops in Dublin as takeaway only.
They didn’t confirm which of they shops were going to re-open. There is also no mention of the re-opening on their social media channels.
In a tweet on March 14th Cafe Sol confirmed their coffee shops are ‘continuing to trade as normal’ :
Our cafes are continuing to trade as normal. Hygiene is always a top priority of ours and we are currently being extra vigilant! pic.twitter.com/RIVTm5pFSW
— Cafe Sol (@CafeSolIrl) March 14, 2020
Following the reopening of seven UK sites in early may, Caffe Nero is set to reopen a further 33 stores by Friday, May 15th.
In a statement released on Monday, March 23rd Krispy Kreme CEO confirmed they were closing their stores across UK and Ireland.
As of May 12th Krispy Kreme is reopening some of its UK stores. More info and details on their website.
At the time of writing, O’Briens Handcrafted Sandwiches and Cafes has made no official statement about COVID-19 on either their website or social media.