The complicated development of the Covid-19 pandemic has forced many public places to suspend operations to limit the spread of the disease. And if they are allowed to open the door, they must also strictly follow the rules on social spacing, ensure a safe distance between customers and avoid them sitting near each other or in direct contact with each other.
That is why so many restaurants in the world have been applying many unique spacing measures ever. Not just simply rearranging tables and chairs or reducing the number of seats, there are even places that use unique props such as teddy bears, swimming floats to ensure the safety of customers, helping them feel secure to dine. middle of the season Covid-19.
The giant giant crown of Burger King in Germany
To ensure customers keep a safe distance, the fast-food chain Burger King in Germany has designed a giant crown like this. Reportedly, they are nearly 2 meters in diameter and made entirely of cardboard so quite light weight, avoiding causing neck and neck pain when having to wear too long.
Sharing with Business Insider, a representative of Burger King said: “This tiara is a gentle, cheerful reminder that people should be conscious of implementing social spacing, especially when they come to dine in crowded restaurants.”.
Dragons make room for guests
A restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand has decided to produce a series of super adorable cartoon-style dragon models to help arrange seats for customers. The method is very simple: Each table usually has 2 seats opposite each other, if the dragon is sitting on any side, you must sit on the other side. This helps even the closely arranged tables to adhere to the rules on social spacing.
Dinner in transparent greenhouses, both safe and comfortable watching the beautiful surroundings
This is the idea of Mediamatic restaurant, Amsterdam, Netherlands, specializing in serving vegetarian food. This idea has been tested for a long time and has officially been widely applied since May 21, when the restaurant reopened.
Each of these mini greenhouses is called “serres sé parées” and is only for up to 2 people to dine inside. In addition, the staff, waiters will wear masks and use a wooden plank to provide food for guests, avoiding any direct contact activities during the epidemic season. It is known that customers who have participated in this model test are very positive reviews, and the number of people booking seats is always high.
If there are no real guests, temporarily use the mannequins as a virtual guest to reduce sadness
The Inn at Little Washington restaurant in Virginia, USA has changed all of its designs to meet the requirements of social spacing. In it, they came up with a bold idea when using mannequins to place on empty tables without customers, helping the restaurant to avoid being sucked.
Patrick O’Connell, the head chef here, worked directly with a local company to design and arrange the mannequins that make the most sense. When the restaurant reopens, it is expected that at the end of May, the staff will serve both real diners and these virtual guests.
Serving only 1 guest per day
You will not need to worry too much about social spacing rules if you only cater to 1 customer per day. That’s what Linda Karlsson and Rasmus Persson have done with their Bord för En restaurant in Sweden. And yet, customers will be arranged dining table in the middle of a deserted field. All food will be put in a basket and transported by a simple homemade pulley system, without any direct contact, ensuring absolute safety.
Linda said: “We want to focus our whole spirit to serve 1 single customer. This is also how we can control the guest experience and apply this model more widely when the pandemic is over.”.
Use cardboard pictures and audio recorders to make customers less lonely
At Five Dock Dining in Australia, diners will have a meal with “strangers”, which are cardboard boxes with pictures of others, accompanied by a recorder of random conversations to help them. feel less empty. This method also creates a feeling of more crowded restaurants, despite the fact that each table has only 1 customer.
The Sydney government has allowed restaurants to open, but can only accommodate up to 10 guests. Frank Angeletta, owner of Five Dock Dining, could not afford to let his guests have dinner in a lonely setting, then decided to apply the simple and extremely effective initiative above.
Vietnamese restaurants in Thailand use stuffed pandas to dine with guests
Similar to Five Dock Dining, Maison Saigon does not want its customers to feel lonely every time they eat. Initially, they only set a table with 1 chair to ensure the measure of spacing. But then, they upgraded with a set of panda stuffed animals, which both help guests navigate the seats, and at the same time bring a sense of friendliness, warmth, and no more gloomy.
Sawit Chaiphuek, a guest who had the opportunity to experience the new method here, said that he liked his “friend” very much, especially since it had been a long time since he was out to dinner:This teddy bear makes me no longer lonely when I have to go eat alone”.
Foam tube swimming floats ensure customers will sit far away
Having reopened in early May, the Café & Konditorei Rothe in Germany has adopted a creative social spacing measure. Every customer coming here for dinner will have to wear a special hat, made from many of his foam swimming floats. It is the wobbly shape of this buoy that forces them to sit far away, if they do not want them to bump into each other often.
Jacqueline Rothe, the owner of this store, said: “In such a difficult period, I just want to bring laughter and a positive atmosphere to everyone”.
Use a transparent screen in the middle of the table
This is the method that a restaurant in Akita, Japan has applied to prevent the spread of droplets when customers eat meals together. With this transparent shield, they can freely chat, even toilets, while ensuring safety for themselves during the epidemic season.
Dolls become a new weapon to reduce loneliness
The restaurant area inside the Haase hotel in Hannover, Germany, uses dolls that are about the size of real people to create a more lively and joyful atmosphere. Tables that have dolls with an X-shaped tape like the photo above mean that customers can’t sit there and have to move to another table in accordance with social spacing rules.
Make your own mini slide to deliver food
Not only ensures the safety of passengers but even the service team must minimize all forms of direct contact. That is why this German cafe creates a mini slide system to serve customers. Accordingly, when finished processing, barista will put drinks on a wooden tray and slowly transfer it to the table of guests.
Use a giant rubber hose set to distance customers
The Fish Tales restaurant in Maryland is experimenting with a “rubber tube meal” experiment that can be widely used when it is reopened in the near future. Specifically, each dining table will be equipped with a wheel system for easy movement, along with a surrounding rubber tube, creating a safe distance for everyone.
Revolution Event Design & Production is the company that has implemented this unique project to meet the social separation needs of restaurants as well as many other public play areas. Donna Harman, owner of Fish Tales Restaurant, said: “I hope the idea above will help people have moments of fun, relaxation, stress reduction during the epidemic season.”.