Two Pizza Express restaurants in Coventry and Warwickshire are among those reopening next month for outdoor dining.

Restaurants in Coventry’s Belgrade Plaza and the outlet in High Street, Rugby, will be opening on April 12 as part of a loosening of lockdown restrictions.

Pizza Express is to reopen 118 branches in England from that date – around a third of its UK restaurants.

It joins Wagamama and pub chain Wetherspoons as diners are welcomed back.

The restaurant chain said it is looking forward to welcoming customers back, but has urged those who do to stick to the restrictions that remain in place and not to visit if they have coronavirus symptoms or anyone in their household does.

In a statement Pizza Express said: “We can’t wait to have you back in our pizzerias, however, if you or anyone in your household are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, please do not visit any of our pizzerias.

“When visiting our pizzerias please ensure all country, government and local guidelines are followed, to ensure your booking/visit to our pizzeria meets the required restrictions. Please check the latest restrictions for your area.”

Zoe Bowley, Pizza Express managing director said: “We’ve really missed the buzz and bustle and seeing our customers enjoying their favourite pizza.

“Our Cook At Home range and click & collect and delivery services have been immensely popular during the past few months, but we can’t wait to fire up our ovens and swing open our doors again.

“Whether you book or simply walk-in, our teams will be happily serving our delicious range of pizzas in our gardens and terraces throughout England and we’ll be ready to open in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland as soon as their national restrictions end.

“Of course, we’re set to reopen all of our restaurants in England in May for both indoor and outdoor dining.”

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