Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, several businesses are gearing up to reopen and return to some semblance of normalcy as the lockdown gets lifted. However, restaurants and hotel owners need to enforce a host of social distancing norms and keep other precautions in place to avoid the spread of the highly-contagious virus. The Inn at Little Washington, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Virginia, has come up with a unique idea to ensure social distancing as it plans o re-open. The restaurant will be using mannequins to help customers abide to the social distancing guidelines and stay safely apart. Costumed mannequins will be seated among the breathing guests, the Associated Press (AP) reports.
"When we needed to solve the problem of social distancing and reducing our restaurant’s occupancy by half, the solution seemed obvious — fill it with interestingly dressed dummies. This would allow plenty of space between real guests and elicit a few smiles and provide some fun photo ops," chef and proprietor Patrick O’Connell said.
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