Dining dummies help cafe-goers adhere to social distancing in Lithuania

Mannequins dressed in clown hats and couture frocks have taken up seats in eating places in Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius to coax prospects again after the COVID-19 lockdown and help them out with social distancing.

Bernie ter Braak stated he got here up with the concept when he reopened his cozy restaurant in Vilnius’ previous city and noticed how empty it seemed.

Even when prospects began coming again in, he had to obey restrictions and maintain each second desk clear, killing the ambiance.

So he requested native designers to costume up some mannequins and seat them on the quarantined tables.

“When we had all the mannequins sitting in their places, at once it felt like a full restaurant, it gave a much better vibe,” the 47-year-old instructed Reuters. “We felt that, hey, it’s working!”

He inspired different cafes and eating places to be a part of in to give the entire sector a lift. A complete of 60 mannequins might be out in town in 14 eateries over the subsequent two weeks.

“Now you know, for sure, where you can sit and where you can’t,” stated Odeta Plakiene as she drank tea on the Sugamour cafe, subsequent to a dummy dressed in a short-sleeved black costume. And, it creates a great temper.”

The scheme can be serving to town’s trend trade get better from the disaster. “I was setting the mannequin up yesterday, and some people immediately asked to buy the dress,” designer Rimante Rimgailaite stated.

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