With lockdown restrictions slowly being lifted and more stores, restaurants, and parks opening up to the public, people have needed to find ways to enforce social distancing. This problem has sparked a lot of innovation from business owners across the world.
Here are some examples of genius solutions to the issue from all around the world.
It Looks Like A Lazy River, But On Land
Fish Tales, a restaurant located in Ocean City, Maryland, came up with this unique table design inspired by inner tubes. The tables force all the patrons to socially distance from each other while enjoying their meals.
The Conversation Might Seem A Little Two-Dimensional
To help customers feel like the restaurant is less empty and simulate a regular dining experience, Frank Angeletta, the owner of Rive Dock Dining in Sydney, Australia, set up cardboard customers to fill the empty chairs while playing taped background noise simulating guest "chatter."
For The Love Of Sport!
AFG Aarhus, a team playing in the Danish Superliga decided to bring their fans back to the stadium using livestreaming and a 134-foot video board placed on the sidelines. The feat involved a total of 556 Zoom meetings!
All Aboard The Caffeine Express!
The Cyclista Espresso Bar, located in North Palmerston, New Zealand, has found an ingenious way to avoid making baristas and customers interact. Instead, drinks are delivered using this adorable miniature train.
A Physical Representation Of A Personal Bubble
With the weather getting nicer, different measures have been taken to maintain social distancing in public parks. In Brooklyn's Domino Park, they have created designated circles for groups to isolate in while police monitor the area.
Dividers Have Become The Norm In China
Almost all restaurants, especially ones with bar-style seating, have put up dividers so that patrons can be effectively separated from each other. Many restaurants have opted for clear acrylic ones like this.
Thinking Inside The Box
In order to accommodate diners within a limited space, this vegan restaurant in Amsterdam built mini-greenhouses so that customers could isolate themselves from other tables while still having a magnificent view of the waterfront.
This Is So Creepy Looking
The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia, decided to use mannequins to help the dining area seem a little less lonely. All the mannequins are dressed in retro clothing and styled to look like they're from the 1940s.
Take Me Out To The Ball Game!
While sports leagues across America are still currently shut down, Taiwanese players are still engaging in some good ol' games of baseball. However, since spectators aren't allowed to come to the stadium, they've filled the seats with cardboard cutout fans.
Drive-Thru, But Make It A Zoo
After some of the locals requested it, the San Antonio Zoo offered a drive-thru option for visitors to view a wide variety of animals. Vehicles are only allowed to drive at a 4 mph pace through the zoo.
A Whole New Meaning To The Term "Bread Basket"
This isn't your average basket of bottomless breadsticks at the Olive Garden. Bernal Bakery in San Francisco has been using a basket on a rope to serve customers so that the owners can maintain social distance from them.
Work On Summer Body 2021!
Pure Fitness, a gym located in Hong Kong, has added dividers between treadmills and other cardio exercise machines so that members can still get a workout while social distancing. The USA can expect similar adjustments in fitness centers once they reopen.
A Cute Solution For A Panda-mic
A restaurant in Thailand named Maison Saigon has added some cuddly friends to their dining setup to designate only some seats as available to customers in order to maintain social distance.
So Where Can I Buy One?
A man named Paul Cocksedge designed a circular picnic blanket so that groups of friends who want to hang out together in parks could easily know how to maintain social distance while also clearly looking like a group.
Maybe Don't Bring The Kids Here
Paula Starr Melehes, owner of The Open Hearth in Taylors, South Carolina, has just recently reopened her restaurant to the public. To help enforce social distancing guidelines, she has placed clothed blow-up dolls in booths.
Germany recently lifted some of their lockdown restrictions, meaning citizens can go out as long as they maintain social distance. To help customers know how far to stay away from each other, this café made these funky pool noodle hats.
Grocery Delivery Has Never Been So Cute
This young woman, Hannah Lucas, in northern Maine, used her dogsled team to take groceries and necessities to elderly and disabled people who might find trips to places like grocery stores daunting.
Make Public Transit Safe Again!
In Sydney, Australia, metro trains are promoting social distancing by placing stickers on seats to let commuters know where to sit. Now, people can use the metro without worrying about strangers crowding them.
Congratulations To The Happy Couple!
This couple, who couldn't have their wedding as originally planned, decided to get married on a public street in Brooklyn while an ordained friend conducted the ceremony from their third-floor balcony.
Too Hot To Eat Here!
In Sichuan province in China, temperature checks when entering a location, such as restaurants, have become the norm. Some places also demand that customers register at the entrance of a restaurant.