Around the world, restaurants have been permitted to reopen, but only if they can provide outdoor seating. Paris, for example, reopened its famous cafés on Tuesday.
Perhaps we can take an example from the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius whose town council has given over 18 public spaces for the setting up of bars and cafés to permit the extension of social distancing measures beyond the premises’ footprint as part of a phased exit from lockdown there.
The move allows bar and restaurant proprietors to place tables and chairs outdoors but in observance with the strict social distancing rules and other safety precautions.
The extension of tables and chairs onto streets is great if there is sunshine, but transporting other European solutions to other countries may not always work due to climate and outdoor spaces available.