This is what a romantic Turkish dinner looks like, in a capsule! Steakhouses have adapted
In the Turkish restaurants in Ankara, Istanbul and Bursa, every meal on the terrace is packaged in a plastic capsule.
Customers are disinfected with Turkish cologne, which contains more than 70% ethanol, to kill the virus that has killed 4,861 people in Turkey since March.
The first restaurants of this kind open in the coming weeks in Istanbul, Ankara and Bursa, with the start of the summer season.
Each capsule is disinfected with ozone or ultraviolet lamps.
The capsules were imposed by Ankara authorities after the number of infections increased after the restrictions were lifted and people were allowed in parks, restaurants, gyms and barbershops.
What the tables specially created for social distancing look like! Customers have a lot of fun
Even though some bans have begun to rise gradually, with citizens now more free to act, the coronavirus pandemic is still a risk and should not be treated differently.
On the occasion of the reopening of relaxation spaces but also of "social connection", including bars, terraces or restaurants, some special "tools" were created for location owners to ensure that their customers fully comply with the rules of social distance, which are still in force.
Thus, even if some find this extremely funny, in addition to the indispensable protective mask and gloves, special tables have appeared against the unwanted approach of this period. In the United States, several owners of bars and terraces have already appropriated them, and customers seem not to have been reluctant about this invention, giving it a try and having fun at the same time with funny videos or photos in which appear in the new hypostasis.
The tables are individual and circular, with a space in the middle for a single person. Thus, even if you want a closer relationship, if the other person you are with is inside the "table", this is practically impossible.
In the form of huge lifebuoys, the protection tables are supported on metal structures provided with wheels. Thus, customers can get closer to each other to beak a glass at a distance of about 1.5 meters from each other. These personal protective tables appeared on May 16 at the Fish Tales Bar & Grill in Ocean City, Maryland, United States and were appreciated by customers, happy to be able to rotate freely from one "table" to another.
Can't bear to eat alone? - one restaurant in Thailand is using stuffed pandas in order to respect the social distancing rules
In Thailand, one restaurant want's to meets new social distancing guidelines by providing lonely diners a bit of company - by seating stuffed pandas at its tables.
Thailand has relaxed some restrictions on businesses as the number of coronavirus cases slowed, allowing restaurants to reopen but with strict rules in place to reduce the risk of the virus spreading.
"Earlier we had only one chair for the tables where the customer came alone. But for me, it felt strange, so I thought I'd give them some company," said Natthwut Rodchanapanthkul, the owner of Maison Saigon, a Vietnamese restaurant in Bangkok.
Sitting opposite one of the panda dolls, diner Sawit Chaiphuek said he was happy to have some company as he stepped out to eat for the first time in months.
Another customer says that "The doll makes me feel less lonely eating by myself," mentioned Sawit, 25.
Siriporn Assavakarint, another customer, said the new seating rules often gives diners a headache, and the army of plush pandas made things much clearer.
"It's a lot easier to understand compared to other restaurants where people always get confused about where to sit and end up sitting too close to each other."
Thailand reported just one new coronavirus case on Thursday and no new deaths, bringing the total to 3,018 cases and 56 deaths since the outbreak started in January.
The day before, it reported zero new cases for the first time since early March, before the lockdown began.
Old photo of people eating in a busy restaurant - year 2019
How social distancing in restaurants is provided in different countries
Along with masks, social distance has become a real sign of the time of the pandemic, which changed the face of cities; especially in the recently opened restaurants.
Coronavirus forced to make social interaction more organized: to reduce the risk of infection, people should maintain a distance of one and a half to two meters.
The restaurant owners all around the world have new problems: in the opened establishments, you need to force guests to stay away from each other. Restaurateurs invent the most exotic ways. There are places where you will be put in a greenhouse or forced to dine in the company of an inflatable doll in a wig.
Restaurants have already opened in Germany, but visitors are required to maintain a social distance of 1.5 m. In Schwerin, the owners of one of the institutions found an original solution to the problem: guests are given special hats.
Foam "blades" do not allow people to approach each other closer than the distance established by law. Customers note that this, of course, is not too comfortable, but they are glad of the opportunity to have lunch again in the restaurant.
Cemeteries of cruise ships after coronavirus pandemic
For six months now, no one has been traveling on cruise ships - of course, due to the coronavirus. This brings such losses to companies that even ships that are ready to receive passengers are simply sent for scrap.
This is how cemeteries of cruise ships appear, one of them is in Turkey.
It is no longer so easy to remember, but the spread of the coronavirus around the world began with the "Diamond Princess" - in February, an outbreak of Covid-19 occurred on a cruise ship, which caused 3.7 thousand passengers and sailors to be quarantined inside. All of them sat in isolation in their cabins, gradually becoming infected - in three weeks the ship went from 10 cases to several hundred.
At that time, the coronavirus had not yet spread all over the world, and the "Diamond Princess" was considered one of the main foci along with China. Now the situation is very different, and since the winter, the cruise industry has virtually died. For example, Florida-based Carnival reported a record quarterly loss of $ 4.4 billion in June.
Attempts are only now being made to restore cruises: at the end of September, the Mein Schiff liner with 900 people on board went on a cruise to the islands of Greece. But the trip had to be urgently stopped after 12 positive coronavirus tests on board.
In addition to this, in some countries, sea borders are still closed, so the owners of cruise ships had to get rid of the work ships ahead of time, because they require a lot of funds for maintenance. As a result, a whole “graveyard of cruise liners” appeared in the dock in western Turkey, which were brought in for scrap.
There are already five ships in the dock. Three more are expected to join soon. According to Kamil Onal, chairman of the Turkish Shipbreaking Association, they used to dismantle mostly barges. But the pandemic has made its own adjustments.
Ships come from all over the world. It will take a team of workers about six months to disassemble one liner.
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