Innovation needed in offering public spaces for outdoor dining

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.

A look at outdoor dining around the world as countries come out of quarantine

Bangkok, Thailand

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People eat at a street restaurant implementing social distancing with plastic dividers after the Thai government relaxed measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Bangkok. (MLADEN ANTONOV / AFP via Getty Images)

Berlin, Germany

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People eat in a restaurant with glass between the tables, a protective measure due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Berlin, Germany. (Maja Hitij / Getty Images)

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Staff at the Mediamatic restaurant serve food to volunteers seated in small glasshouses during a try-out of a setup which respects social distancing and abides by government directives to combat the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Peter Dejong / AP)

Berlin, Germany

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A server wearing a protective face mask tends to customers at a cafe at Engelbecken park during the coronavirus pandemic in Berlin, Germany.  (Sean Gallup / Getty Images)

Madrid, Spain

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Employees prepare the outdoor seating area of a restaurant in Madrid, ahead of a possible opening next week. (JAVIER SORIANO / AFP via Getty Images)

Copenhagen, Denmark

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People sit outside the reopened Huks Fluks restaurant at Graabroedre Square in Copenhagen. Restaurants, cafes and several other places opened with restrictions on opening hours and physical distance due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Liselotte Sabroe / AP)

Lisbon, Portugal

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Customers sit at outside in Lisbon, after emergency measures were lifted during the COVID-19 pandemic. (PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP via Getty Images)

Paris, France

Enjoying the terrace at the Café de Flore in Paris, on Tuesday, as cafes and restaurants reopened in France.Credit…Martin Bureau/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images