The inventive ways people are social distancing around the world

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How restaurants, cafés and parks are adjusting to the new normal

With people across the world encouraged to stay at least two metres away from others, and lockdown restrictions beginning to loosen, many restaurants, cafés and bars are coming up with increasingly inventive ways to ensure people adhere to social distancing guidelines. From eating supper in your own private greenhouse to accessorising with a hat made of pool noodles, these are our favourite examples of creative social distancing.

  • The inventive ways people are social distancing around the world

    At a restaurant in Amsterdam, tables are seated in individual greenhouses to ensure social distancing.

  • The inventive ways people are social distancing around the world

    In Williamsburg, New York, park-goers sit in marked in Domino Park, a stretch of greenery along the East River.

  • The inventive ways people are social distancing around the world

    Couples are married by clerk recorders at the Honda Center parking lot in California.

  • The inventive ways people are social distancing around the world

    At a riverside Berlin bar, chairs are set two metres apart to allow for social distancing.

  • The inventive ways people are social distancing around the world

    An aerial view shows painted circles in the grass to encourage people to social distance at Washington Square Park in San Francisco, California.

  • The inventive ways people are social distancing around the world

    A socially-distant queue in Denver, USA.

  • The inventive ways people are social distancing around the world

    Visitors take photos behind plexiglass at the entrance of the Acropolis in Athens.

  • The inventive ways people are social distancing around the world

    The Bundesliga, Germany’s football league, was the first first professional sports league to resume its season. At matches, pictures of fans are used in the stadium as live crowds have not yet been allowed to spectate.

  • The inventive ways people are social distancing around the world

    Customers at a German café wear hats topped with pool noodles to mark their two metres of space.

  • The inventive ways people are social distancing around the world

    A café in Shizuoka, Japan uses stuffed Capybaras to encourage diners to keep apart.

  • The inventive ways people are social distancing around the world

    Residents in Frodsham, a town in Cheshire, take part in daily social distance dancing.

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