Eating out in a pandemic-afflicted world might look more like visiting a loved one in prison … if this test run in Italy is any indication.
Restaurant owner Valerio Calderoni and his wife, Martina, are serving as guinea pigs for a possible new setup at eateries, intended to lower the risk of spreading the coronavirus.
The couple is seated at a table for 2 in Calderoni’s Il Ciak restaurant in Rome’s Trastevere district, and as you can see … there’s a large piece of plexiglass between them.
Clearly, the separator makes for a less intimate dinner date, but Valerio and his wife have plenty of room for their food and are still able to cheers with their wine glasses.
It’s unclear how the dividers would affect sound travel in the restaurant — especially if patrons are also wearing masks — but this is just a test run … probably a lot of kinks to work out still.
Nevertheless, it’s a glimpse into the potential future of going out for meals … and it’s weird as hell.