Seven unusual approaches to social distancing in restaurants

Michelin-star mannequins, USA

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The Inn at Little Washington has taken a novel approach to social distancing. The three-Michelin starred restaurant decided to use mannequins dressed in 1940s-themed outfits to aid social distancing.

Chef Patrick O’Connell told The Washingtonian that instead of leaving empty tables, he would fill them with life-size mannequins dressed in period costumes supplied by the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia.

According to the publication, waiting staff have been told to interact with the mannequins, including pouring them wine and asking about their evening.

The restaurant, which also has 23 bedrooms, was set to open on 15 May, but due to updated guidelines, it now plans to delay this until 29 May.

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