Kicker – Mannequins at meals

NICK EICHER, HOST: Alright, no one has any idea how much longer this coronavirus new normal is going to go, but just as we’re doing today with our live recording fully compliant with local law, we are finding new ways to cope.

Restaurants from Mexico City to Montreal to Tokyo are figuring out how to put just a little social in social distancing.

AUDIO: [Laughter]

Lifelike mannequins seated at tables.

This fellow in Tokyo says it took some getting used to, but it’s not that hard to imagine, really. We walk into stores and mannequins are displaying clothing for sale. So, why not? Instead of restaurants with chairs up on tables, so forbidding. Why not fill up half full establishments with stylish patrons who cannot possibly make you sick.

AUDIO: [Speaking in French]

This diner in Montreal saying, “It makes the atmosphere much more pleasant.”

In Mexico City, instead of mannequins, one restaurant is placing giant teddy bears.

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(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Mannequins are seated in the dining room of the Inn at Little Washington, a Michelin three-star restaurant in the Virginia countryside. 

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