Companies Devise Creative Ways To Help Customers Maintain Social Distancing



Amsterdam's Mediamatic ETEN restaurant offers customers a safe fine dining experience (Credit: Mediamatic)

Countries worldwide are gradually easing the strict lockdown restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19. While this will allow non-essential businesses to resume operations, they are required to ensure customers keep a safe six-foot distance from each other at all times. Here are some creative ways in which companies are abiding by the regulation.

Social Distance Crowns And Burgers

Burger King customers in Germany stay safe with social distance crowns (Credit: Burger King)

Since May 22, 2020, patrons at Burger King locations in Germany have been receiving a complimentary "social distancing crown" with their orders. The sombrero-like hats, which measure six feet in diameter, are designed to enable customers to safely enjoy their burgers and fries, alongside friends and strangers alike.

"We wanted to reinforce the rules of high safety and hygiene standards that the BK restaurants are following," a Burger King representative told Business Insider. "The do-it-yourself social-distance crown was a fun and playful way to remind our guests to practice social distancing while they are enjoying food in the restaurants."

Meanwhile, customers at the fast food chain's Italian locations now have the option of ordering a "social distance burger." The modified version of Burger King's signature Whopper is loaded with triple the amount of raw onions found on a regular Whopper. ​​​​​​The company believes the pungent onion breath the burger causes will deter people from coming too close to one another. More importantly, they hope the gimmick will provide some much-needed cheer for the country's residents, who have been hit hard by the novel coronavirus.

Social Distance Greenhouses

Diners at Amsterdam's Mediamatic ETEN restaurant can enjoy a four-course vegan meal seated in the newly-built "chambres séparées." The adorable greenhouse-like structures erected over the waterfront eatery's outdoor tables can seat up to three people and be reserved in two-and-a-half hour blocks, from between 6:00pm to 8:30pm or 8:30pm to 11:00pm. To ensure minimal contact, staff members — wearing protective gear — place food items on a long wooden board and slide them onto the table through the greenhouse door.

Social Distance Squads

Disney's "Greeters" will ensure visitors maintain a safe social distance at Disney Springs (Credit: Disney)

Disney Springs, Walt Disney World's shopping, dining, and entertainment district, which began a phased reopening on May 20, 2020, has added a team of new Cast Members. Comprising employees from various Disney World Resorts' Children Activities Services, the "Greeters" are helping guests maintain a social distance in fun and caring ways, while providing them with any assistance they may need.

Social Distance Circles

Circles help visitors at San Francisco's Dolores Park maintain a safe social distance (Credit: DOGOMedia)

Companies are not the only ones coming up with creative ideas to have fun while staying safe. In San Francisco, California, the officials are painting white circles in the city's public parks to manage crowds. Measuring 8 feet in diameter and spaced 10 feet apart, the rings, which are redrawn daily, are large enough for family gatherings, while ensuring plenty of room for social distancing. Phil Ginsburg, San Francisco Parks and Recreation General Manager, who was inspired by a similar installation at Domino Park in Brooklyn, New York, says, "I like to refer to it as behavioral art, it's intended to be playful." San Francisco residents certainly seem to be enjoying this fun and effective social distancing method!

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  • renigade2020
    renigade2020Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 8:30 am
    That's so cool that they are having social distance but also make it fun😷😷🐱
    • shadowdragonz
      shadowdragonzMonday, June 29, 2020 at 5:29 pm
      Some are Hilarious Some are Elegant but they are all Great ideas!
      • truffles
        trufflesMonday, June 29, 2020 at 2:23 pm
        creative and some hilarious!😊
        • grampahihi
          grampahihiMonday, June 29, 2020 at 9:07 am
          • roseshell
            roseshellSunday, June 28, 2020 at 4:33 pm
            I like the burger king one and the green house one is really creative
            • imyouryangzom
              imyouryangzomSaturday, June 27, 2020 at 1:46 pm
              I like how these restaurants are trying their best to make these people social distance, but did we see any of these people wearing masks? Just social distancing won't be enough, the world is falling apart, people are suffering, do we really need to go to restaurants? If people could just stay home, and go outside when needed like going grocery shopping, or actually working, doing their jobs. Please ask yourselves do we really need to go to the park? Even if we use these white circles to social distance, after the person who sits in the circle leaves, someone else will sit there, and what if someone who sat there was sick? WEAR MASKS PEOPLE, ACTUALLY SOCIAL DISTANCE, ONLY GO OUTSIDE WHEN NEEDED, AND PLEASE JUST STAY HOME NOT ONLY FOR YOURSELF BUT OTHERS AS WELL.
              • unicornsprinkle
                unicornsprinkleFriday, June 26, 2020 at 11:12 pm
                The burger king was the best #BURGERKING
                • truffles
                  trufflesMonday, June 29, 2020 at 2:25 pm
                • lovereading310
                  lovereading310Friday, June 26, 2020 at 7:16 pm
                  The burger king one is funny but practical!
                  • sreadergirl
                    sreadergirlFriday, June 26, 2020 at 4:43 pm
                    Wow! This is awesome!
                    • pugsky
                      pugskyThursday, June 25, 2020 at 10:52 am
                      • animereina2020
                        animereina2020Friday, June 26, 2020 at 10:26 am