Patrons under plastic: Restaurants get creative in virus era

PARIS (AP) — As coronavirus restrictions are eased, some restaurant owners are seeking to welcome back in-person dining, but in a way that adheres to social distancing rules while also trying to serve as many customers as health and safety rules allow. One Parisian restaurant is trying out enclosing each diner at a table in clear plastic shields that are suspended from the ceiling. The shields, which look like lampshades, are meant to ease any anxiety of returning patrons. Other restaurants are using creatively dressed mannequins or even big teddy bears to fill tables between diners so that the restaurant looks more appealing. An Amsterdam restaurant has erected small glass houses that surround each table.