Restaurants and businesses in some parts of the country are starting to reopen their facilities amid the coronavirus pandemic.
One eatery in Washington, Virginia is looking at a unique way to enforce social distancing orders as restaurants in the state must follow a new restriction that limits dining room service to 50% of their standard capacity.
The Inn at Little Washington came up with an ingenious, yet creepy, idea that helps the restaurant look a little busier, reported "Today."
On May 29, when the restaurant opens, the owner plans to seat properly dressed life-size mannequins at empty tables throughout the facility.
The restaurant shared a photo showcasing the dining room filled with the life-sized mannequins decked out in their dinner attire. The restaurant captioned the photo, “Social Distancing is 'INN' style,” as the realistic figures flaunted their 1940s fashion.
Patrick O'Connell, owner and part chef of The Little Washington, shared that he is excited to reopen the world-renowned restaurant, which is sprawled across 24 acres that include a farm, beautiful gardens, trails, and a chicken coop with a crystal chandelier.
O'Connell said the idea for using dummies came to him rather quickly.
"I've always had a thing for mannequins," he confessed. "They never complain about anything and you can have lots of fun dressing them up."
And O'Connell believes diners - and their Instagram accounts - will like the mannequins as well.
"This would allow plenty of space between real guests and elicit a few smiles and provide some fun photo ops," he added.
As the pandemic continues, other restaurants across the country are also coming up with new ways to make sure their customers are safe.
Twisted Citrus, a restaurant known for its breakfast and brunch, shared its creative solution to make sure customers are correctly social distancing themselves from others.
The solution? Employees will be putting up shower curtains to create barriers between tables.
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