Some restaurants in France using lampshade-like shields to protect customers from virus

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(NBC) – As restaurants in food-loving France prepare to reopen, some are investing in lampshade-like plastic shields to protect customers from the coronavirus.

The strange-looking contraptions are among experiments restaurants are trying around the world as they try to lure back clientele while keeping them virus-free.

A French designer came up with a prototype that gained attention from restaurant owners on social networks.

The designer says he started looking for solutions after watching a news report on closed restaurants.

He got inspired from a store he once visited in Bangkok.

He said he “remembered entering a little concept store with three individual domes with chairs where people would sit and listen to music.” He then “thought about the large face-shields that we see these days, so let’s mix the domes, the face-shields and the lampshades.”

For the restaurant owners it can also potentially offer a solution to preserve some seating space.

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