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Restaurants that consider socially distant ‘lampshades’ when they reopen

Restaurant-goers soon found themselves sitting under a plexiglass lampshade enjoying a date night.

French designer Christophe Gernigon has created Plex’Eat as an option for entrepreneurs hoping to quickly reopen their eateries amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The plastic ‘lampshade’ is said to cover individual guests in an effort to curb the spread of the infectious disease – and Mr Gernigon has already received interest from France, Belgium, Canada, Japan and Argentina.

A recess in the back allows for easy entry and exit so guests don’t have to bend too far to sit at their table, and Mr. Gernigon said he wanted to combine safety with glamor.

He said, “I wanted to make it more beautiful, more beautiful.”

French designer Christophe Gernigon created Plex'Eat (pictured) as an option for entrepreneurs hoping to quickly reopen their eateries amid the corona virus pandemic

French designer Christophe Gernigon created Plex’Eat (pictured) as an option for entrepreneurs hoping to quickly reopen their eateries amid the corona virus pandemic

The plastic 'lampshade' is said to cover individual guests in an effort to control the spread of the infectious disease

The plastic 'lampshade' is said to cover individual guests in an effort to control the spread of the infectious disease

The plastic ‘lampshade’ is said to cover individual guests in an effort to control the spread of the infectious disease

Restaurant owner Mathieu Manzoni runs H.A.N.D. restaurant californien, an american style eatery near the Louvre museum in Paris.

He invited Mr. Gernigon to pitch his idea in the restaurant and is considering placing an order.

“Will people like it? I can’t say it, but I want to believe it can add something because I like it, ” he said, speaking from his restaurant, which is only open for takeout orders.

It’s because Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed that pubs could be reopened as early as next month when he ordered a review of the six-meter long social distance rule.

They have already received interest from France, Belgium, Canada, Japan and Argentina. In the photo, Mr. Gernigon is under his invention

They have already received interest from France, Belgium, Canada, Japan and Argentina. In the photo, Mr. Gernigon is under his invention

They have already received interest from France, Belgium, Canada, Japan and Argentina. In the photo, Mr. Gernigon is under his invention

A recess on the back allows for easy entry and exit so guests don't have to bend too far to sit at their table

A recess on the back allows for easy entry and exit so guests don't have to bend too far to sit at their table

A recess on the back allows for easy entry and exit so guests don’t have to bend too far to sit at their table

Mr Gernigon (photo) wanted to combine safety with glamor when he designed Plex'Eat

Mr Gernigon (photo) wanted to combine safety with glamor when he designed Plex'Eat

Mr Gernigon (photo) wanted to combine safety with glamor when he designed Plex’Eat

Restaurant owner Mathieu Manzoni runs H.A.N.D. restaurant californien, an american style eatery near the Louvre museum in Paris. These photos were taken indoors

Restaurant owner Mathieu Manzoni runs H.A.N.D. restaurant californien, an american style eatery near the Louvre museum in Paris. These photos were taken indoors

Restaurant owner Mathieu Manzoni runs H.A.N.D. restaurant californien, an american style eatery near the Louvre museum in Paris. These photos were taken indoors

Johnson told MPs on Wednesday that he hopes the pubs and restaurants can be reopened earlier than July 4 – the date set out of lock in the government’s roadmap.

Pubs and restaurants have been closed across Britain since the government imposed the closure of the corona virus in late March.

But as he appeared before the Liaison Committee on Wednesday, the Prime Minister gave the British hopes that they will soon be able to enjoy a drink in a beer garden.

He said, “In terms of hospitality … we really try to go as fast as possible. It is really difficult to put forward hospitality measures in a way that involves social distance.

It's because Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed that pubs could be reopened as early as next month when he ordered a review of the six-meter social distance rule

It's because Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed that pubs could be reopened as early as next month when he ordered a review of the six-meter social distance rule

It’s because Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed that pubs could be reopened as early as next month when he ordered a review of the six-meter social distance rule

Johnson told MPs on Wednesday that he hopes the pubs and restaurants can be reopened earlier than July 4 - the date set out of lock in the government's roadmap

Johnson told MPs on Wednesday that he hopes the pubs and restaurants can be reopened earlier than July 4 - the date set out of lock in the government's roadmap

Johnson told MPs on Wednesday that he hopes the pubs and restaurants can be reopened earlier than July 4 – the date set out of lock in the government’s roadmap

“But I’m much more optimistic about that than I was. Maybe we can do things faster than I thought before. ‘

At the same meeting, Mr. Johnson asked top scientists to review the two-meter rule for social distance in the “hope” that it could be reduced.

The rule is believed to be the biggest barrier to the re-opening of the hospitality industry as 80 percent of pubs cannot be reopened while there is one.

The UK has one of the strictest contact gap rules in the world to combat coronavirus transmission, double the one-meter gap recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Pub chefs have called on the government to change the social distance laws to lower the current two-meter rule, which they say prevents them from opening their pubs

Pub chefs have called on the government to change the social distance laws to lower the current two-meter rule, which they say prevents them from opening their pubs

Pub chefs have called on the government to change the social distance laws to lower the current two-meter rule, which they say prevents them from opening their pubs

That is the allowed distance in Hong Kong, Singapore, France and China, while Australia, Germany and the Netherlands recommend 1.5 meters.

Last week, pub owners warned that the 2-meter distance rule could prevent 80 percent of pubs from opening due to lack of space.

Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, said that only 20 percent of pubs could reopen by two meters, but a one-meter gap between gamblers would bring back the majority.

Meanwhile, bosses from Britain’s largest pub chain JD Wetherspoon have unveiled their £ 11 million master plan to reopen the chain’s 875 pubs in the UK.

Pubs and restaurants have been closed across Britain since the government imposed the closure of the corona virus in late March. Pictured: The staff at London's Greenwich Tavern sells takeaway alcohol from a window on the street

Pubs and restaurants have been closed across Britain since the government imposed the closure of the corona virus in late March. Pictured: The staff at London's Greenwich Tavern sells takeaway alcohol from a window on the street

Pubs and restaurants have been closed across Britain since the government imposed the closure of the corona virus in late March. Pictured: The staff at London’s Greenwich Tavern sells takeaway alcohol from a window on the street

Boris Johnson told MPs tonight that he hopes pubs and restaurants can be reopened earlier than July. Shown: The Old House at Home pub close to West Wittering beach today

Boris Johnson told MPs tonight that he hopes pubs and restaurants can be reopened earlier than July. Shown: The Old House at Home pub close to West Wittering beach today

Boris Johnson told MPs tonight that he hopes pubs and restaurants can be reopened earlier than July. Shown: The Old House at Home pub close to West Wittering beach today

Pubs may reopen as early as next month, as the Prime Minister tonight gave the British new hope for a drink in a beer garden this summer. Pictured: Boris Johnson appeared before the Liaison Committee on Wednesday

Pubs may reopen as early as next month, as the Prime Minister tonight gave the British new hope for a drink in a beer garden this summer. Pictured: Boris Johnson appeared before the Liaison Committee on Wednesday

Pubs may reopen as early as next month, as the Prime Minister tonight gave the British new hope for a drink in a beer garden this summer. Pictured: Boris Johnson appeared before the Liaison Committee on Wednesday

Last week, bosses revealed plans to reopen 875 pubs in a matter of weeks – and while the blueprint promises social distance, the two-meter rule isn’t mentioned.

Plans include telling gamblers to “not meet in large groups,” expecting to sanitize their hands on arrival with dispensers dotted around the pubs.

Customers are also encouraged to order via the app to limit visits to the bar, while gamblers are encouraged to take advantage of the pub gardens.

Meanwhile, schools and shops in the UK will open in the coming weeks and strict measures are already planned to keep children and customers in both environments as much as two meters apart.

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