Following months of self isolation and quarantines, some countries are slowly starting to relax the restrictions put in place to help control the coronavirus. As businesses prepare to reopen their doors, restaurants and brands are having to come up with some inventive ways of keeping people safe and socially distant while they’re re-embracing the outside world.
From giant sombreros to cuddly toy companions, here are some of the cleverest ways restaurants and brands are helping customers stay a safe distance from each other.
Burger King, Germany
In order to keep customers safe while they chow down on a much-missed Whopper, some Burger King branches in Germany handed out social distancing hats fit for a…well, king. These giant sombrero like crowns aren’t the only way the burger brand has been helping people socially distance. Branches in Italy made Whoppers with three times the normal amount of onions, in the hope that onion breath would help keep people apart.
Maison Saigon, Vietnam
This restaurant in Vietnam has thought up a way to give customers some cuddly, coronavirus-free companionship at dinner time. To make sure patrons stick to one table per person, toy pandas have occupied seats throughout the restaurant to remind people not to sit there, and to make the prospect of eating alone not quite so scary for some.
Five Dock Dining, Australia
This Sydney restaurant has tried to recreate its busy atmosphere by dotting cardboard cutouts throughout the place. In addition, the restaurant also pumps out crowd noises from the in-built speaker system to recreate its usually lively vibe for the ten customers it’s currently allowed to serve at one time.
Forest Road Brewing Co. England
With Londers pining for the pub, one East London brewer took to the streets to bring people their pints. He’s been stocking up his van with beer kegs every day and delivering fresh pints to thirsty Londoners right outside their homes. Cheers to that.
Not a business… but here’s a cat in cardboard cars
Like many people, Jen in the UK has been doing plenty of online shopping while cooped up at home. With so many spare cardboard boxes from these deliveries, rather than chuck them in the recycling, she decided to treat her cat to some cars. Here are a couple of photos of Jen’s cat in his new set of wheels – let’s assume he’s smiling on the inside.