Dining out During a Pandemic: Pictures From Across the World

A teddy bear sits at a customer's table in a restaurant in the Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City to encourage social distancing
A teddy bear sits at a customer's table in a restaurant in the Polanco neighborhood of Mexico City to encourage social distancing | © PEDRO PARDO / AFP via Getty Images
Restaurants and the hospitality industry have been deeply affected during the coronavirus pandemic. But as things slowly start to open, how exactly are restaurants, and their diners, adapting? Culture Trip reports.

From dining in a bubble or using giant teddy bears to enforce social distancing rules, everyone is slowly learning the new normal. Then there’s face mask etiquette, do you or don’t you wear a mask while in the restaurant? Here is a selection of pictures that shows how the world is adapting to new social distancing rules.

In a restaurant in Old Montreal, Canada, a waiter wearing a face mask adjusts drinking glasses. Mannequins have been placed on the table next to him, to provide social distancing | © ERIC THOMAS / AFP via Getty Images
In Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, a restaurant hostess checks the temperature of a customer with a digital temperature meter before letting her enter | © RICARDO ARDUENGO / AFP via Getty Images
At one restaurant in Istanbul, Turkey, outdoor tables have been sectioned off by plastic domes | © Esra Bilgin / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
In New York City, a man in a mask sits in the outdoor seated area of a McDonald’s | © Alexi Rosenfeld / Getty Images
Plastic barriers on tables in Hong Kong help enforce social distancing | © May James / SOPA Images / LightRocket via Getty Images
Restaurant owners in Mexico City have put giant teddy bears on chairs | © Leonardo Casas / Eyepix Group / Barcroft Media via Getty Images
Diners in Akabane, Tokyo, eat alongside mannequins to maintain social distance | © PHILIP FONG / AFP via Getty Images
In Covent Garden, central London, customers sit at socially distanced tables | © JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP via Getty Images
People without masks sit outside on St Marks Place, in New York City, which has been closed to traffic | © Alexi Rosenfeld / Getty Images