Dining with dummies: Restaurant uses mannequins to maintain social distancing

A Virginia restaurant is placing mannequins throughout its dining area, as a way to maintain social distancing with a light touch. The measures are key with states emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic.

National News

May 15, 2020 - 3:21 PM

WASHINGTON, Va. (AP) — One of the country’s most renowned restaurants says mannequins will add a touch of whimsy and help with social distancing when customers return to its grand dining room later this month.

Mannequins dressed in fine 1940’s-style attire were already theatrically staged Thursday at The Inn at Little Washington, tucked in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains about 90 minutes west of Washington, D.C.

Although business restrictions are set to begin easing in some parts of Virginia on Friday, restaurants can only serve dine-in customers in an outdoor space. The three-Michelin-star restaurant has opted to wait until May 29 to resume dining service indoors.

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