PizzaExpress confirms reopening plans

All PizzaExpress restaurants in England, Scotland and Wales will reopen on 17 May for the first time in more than a year.

The group opened 143 pizzerias for al fresco dining last month, but now more than 5,000 team members are ready to welcome back guests inside.

PizzaExpress is inviting customers to 'raise their glasses to the social season' with a free bottle of Peroni - or non-alcoholic alternative - at any of its pizzerias around the country via a voucher that can be downloaded from its website.

“We’re overjoyed that after more than a year since the first lockdown, we will finally be able to have all of our pizzerias in England, Wales and Scotland open to serve customers their favourite pizzas," says Zoe Bowley, managing director at PizzaExpress.

“While we have worked hard throughout the pandemic to introduce new ways for everyone to get their hands on our delicious pizza, there is nothing quite like the buzz and bustle of a busy pizzeria, and we are so excited to welcome everyone back for the full PizzaExpress experience.

“Our teams have worked tirelessly to make sure we’re ready: the ovens are fired up, the drinks are chilling and we can’t wait to see everyone. We recommend customers book ahead online, but walk-ins are welcome too - either way we will work our magic to try to ensure everyone gets the pizza they have been dreaming of these past few months.”

Robust measures remain in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of teams and customers in all reopened pizzerias, including a physically distanced layout, hand sanitiser stations, heightened hygiene procedures and cleaning measures along with regular health checks of team members.

To encourage social distancing and assist customers, PizzaExpress has also introduced a new digital menu and cashless payment (pictured). 

PizzaExpress in Northern Ireland will reopen on 24 May, and further reopenings will be announced in due course for Ireland in line with government guidance.

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