A restaurant, Café du Soleil in New York uses plastic bubbles to maintain social distancing.
The French restaurant located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side has erected plastic bubbles on its sidewalk to enable customers maintain social distancing as well as shelter them from cold and rain.
Valerie Worthy, had come to the cafe with her two coworkers after she saw a story about the “space bubbles” on local TV channel NY1, she told Reuters that it is one of the best experienced: “Well, I can tell you that with everything going on in this world, eating in a bubble is about one of the best experiences we can have. So, I mean, look at it. They have everything safe, clean. Everything is six feet apart. Love it.”
Alain Chevreux, the owner of Cafe Du Soleil acquired the cafe 15 years ago, he saw the bubbles on the internet in July, when he was trying to work out how to stay in business when the weather transitions to cold.
Chevreux revealed that each bubble costs $400 (₦152,200), but they are worth the investment, he told Reuters.
“These bubbles can sit up to six people,” said Chevreux. “Families love it. Kids love it. Friends who want to get together love it. As a matter of fact, it was raining couple of weeks ago, midweek, pouring, raining. Everybody that was inside those bubbles were having a blast.”
It is said that restaurants can reopen for indoor dining at 25% capacity on Wednesday (September 30). But according to Chevreux, this is not enough for his restaurant to survive.
But Chevreux explained that he is uncertain about how long into the winter he can use the bubbles.
“When the weather gets very cold, you can have as many bubbles as you have, but I’m not sure it’s gonna do the trick,” he said.
However, New York resident Sylvia Gonzalez enjoyed eating in a bubble.
“When I saw it, as soon as I came in, I said, wait a minute, it looks like Cinderella’s carriage,” Gonzalez said as she had dinner with her friend, Blanca Morales and granddaughter, Angelina Gonzalez. “It’s beautiful. I like it. I like it. It’s very… quiet. It’s comfy. Really nice.”
“You feel like you have your own space,” added Blanca Morales, who said the bubble made her feel safe from coronavirus. “And you’re not being cluttered with other people, crowded, very, like, individual, you know? Like she said, I’m waiting for my prince to get here.”