Dining in a clear three-sided booth, eerily reminiscent of prison visits, at a restaurant in Milan, Italy, May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo
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IN PHOTOS: This is what restaurants around the world look like as they open up after lockdown

From Italy to Hong Kong, plastic partitions, face shields, and mascots on empty seats are the new normal of dining out in a COVID-19 world. By ANCX
ANCX | May 27 2020

Pick your partition: a straight plastic sheet dividing the table or a booth-like structure that encloses you (and your droplets) from others. Restaurants around the world are letting diners back in, but with lots of changes now in place to adhere to new sanitation and social distancing measures instituted by their governments.

While the public is waiting for the Philippine government to allow restaurants to go back to dine-in service, here’s a sobering preview, in pictures, of what could be the new reality of restaurant life once the modified quarantine is lifted.

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People wearing protective masks sit at tables fitted with clear partitions at the terrace of a restaurant in Milan, Italy, May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo

Even more restrictive three-sided partitions are placed at a restaurant in Milan, Italy, May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo

To implement social distancing, Bar B.Q. Plaza’s mascot Barbegon occupies select seats while a server in mask, face shield, and gloves takes orders, Bangkok, Thailand, May 17, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Another view of multiple Barbegons occupying the booths at Bar B.Q. Plaza in Bangkok, Thailand, May 17, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Elaborately constructed plastic barriers make dining a solitary affair at Penguin Eat Shabu hotpot restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand, May 8, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A server wears a face shield, gloves, and mask, while diners seat separated by a plastic barrier at a Taiwanese hot pot style restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand, May 4, 2020. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Another way to implement social distancing is taped-up tables and chairs at a Starbucks coffee shop in Hong Kong, China, April 2, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo

A staff member disinfects the restaurant counter, while in the foreground, a sign announces social distancing measures in Osaka, Japan, May 15, 2020. REUTERS/Kyodo

Instilling minimal human contact, a robot takes orders, makes coffee, and brings drinks to customers in a café in Daejeon, South Korea.REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

 

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