Robot waiters, mannequins and rooftop dining: How we’ll start to go to restaurants again
Mannequins show off local fashion designers’ clothes at a restaurant in Vilnius, Lithuania, in an initiative designed to maintain social distancing. Lithuania eased lockdown restrictions on May 18, 2020.
Masks, social distancing and empty spaces don’t make for the best dining experience, but these are the measures restaurants may have to contend with when they tentatively start to reopen.
The hospitality industry has been shattered by the coronavirus pandemic. In the U.S., restaurants lost $80 billion through April, according to the National Restaurant Association, while the U.K. hospitality sector saw a 97% decline in revenues for the 6 weeks to April 22, according to trade body U.K. Hospitality.
And while those in the sector that focus on takeout might have an easier time of reopening, upscale restaurants that rely on their ambiance — as well as their food — are …continued .
[Source: CNBC News]