Outdoor dining domes for Exeter will support Covid-hit hospitality sector, says council

Outdoor dining domes have been set up in Exeter in a bid to support restaurants hit by the coronavirus lockdown.

Exeter City Council has part-funded seven heated domes for people to eat out in their own socially-distanced bubble.

The transparent domes measure 3.6m in diameter will be sited outside Rockfish, in Piazza Terracina, on Exeter Quay, Mango’s – during the day – and Waterfront – evenings until 10pm – both at King’s Wharf, on Exeter Quay.

There will be two domes outside the Prospect Inn and pair of pods by Exeter Quay.

A further two domes will be outside Artigiano, on Exeter High Street, and another outside No.3 in Fore Street, Topsham.

Exeter City Council said the idea of the domes came from the Visitor Economy Recovery Group, supporting the hospitality, cultural and heritage sector which has been greatly hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

The domes will remain in place until January 4, 2021.

Lord Charles Courtenay, Visitor Economy Recovery Group chairman, said: “We wanted to offer a new dining experience in the heart of the city that meets with government guidance, offers people confidence of remaining in their own social bubble, but at the same time is exciting and a little bit different.”

Exeter City Council leader Phil Bialyk, said: “This is a fantastic idea and I can’t wait to try one of the dining domes out and enjoy a meal in what will be a very ambient setting.

“The domes tick all the boxes and I can see them proving very popular in the lead up to Christmas.”

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