10 brilliantly creative ways restaurants are enforcing social distancing

In spite of its own conditions not being met, the government has relaxed lockdown rules with effect from today – Monday.

Households are allowed to mix more freely, schools are reopening for certain year groups, and people who have been shielding may go out again – with conditions.

Although restaurants are still unable to host eat-in customers, they may want to start planning for that eventuality, and these methods adopted in other countries might be a good place to start.

1. The Bar-B-Q Plaza in Thailand chose cardboard dragons because of their mascot, Bar-B-Gon. Sadly, he can’t flambé the dinner.


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2. Fish Tales in Maryland went with mobile bumper tables on wheels.


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3. Honey Salt in Las Vegas went down the cute route with these oversized bears – but no squishing them, no matter how tempting.


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4. The Open Hearth in South Carolina has a gathering of blow-up dolls to fill unavailable seats, in an effort to make the atmosphere a little more normal. Because who doesn’t have dinner with a bunch of inflatable people?


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5. The Inn at Little Washington took a similar line with some tastefully dressed mannequins lending a classy – or creepy – air to the restaurant


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6. These cute pandas may be tempted to order more than bamboo shoots at Maison Saigon in Bangkok.


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7. Mediamatic Biotoop in Amsterdam put these greenhouses to better use than just growing tulips. That’s what you call a hot date.


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8. Plastic piping and shower curtains form easily cleaned barriers that allow customers to see and talk to one another at Powell’s Steamer Co & Pub in California.


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9. Shower curtains also feature in the social distancing measures at Twisted Citrus, Ohio, only this time on handy mobile clothes rails.


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10. Germany’s Burger King restaurants are ensuring their patrons don’t get too close with enormous crowns, which – if we’re being honest – look like sombreros, so they’re also good for keeping you and your burger cool.


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Finally, Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group in Chicago paid tribute to the legendary sportscaster whose name graces the chain by placing cardboard cut-outs of the man himself in the spaces that are out of bounds.


Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group

British restaurants might want to opt for Gary Lineker.

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