Diners in Italy separated by plexiglass as restaurants prepare to reopen

Italy has revealed what restaurants could look like after lockdown, with photos showing plexiglass dividers being placed in between and across tables.

Authorities in the country began lifting some social distancing measures this week, with Italians now allowed to visit members of their family within their region and exercise outside. Bars and restaurants are then expected to let customers sit at tables again in June.

Photos from Rome and Milan have now revealed how eateries are preparing by setting up clear screens between their guests, so that they can eat without risk of further infection from coronavirus.

In the images, screens have been placed around the sides and across the centre of the table, so that two people can dine together without physically touching. Staff are also protected behind plexiglass across the bar as they deal with customers.

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Italy has been the worst-hit European country by the virus, with 28,884 recorded deaths. The nation has also seen the continent’s longest lockdown, with 62,000,000 people unable to go outside for anything other than essential errands since March 10.

The recent gentle relaxing of some restrictions now also means that Italians can now get takeaway food from restaurants, while around 4,000,000 people have returned to work. They are mostly believed to be construction workers.

It comes after the country saw the smallest daily death increase on Sunday, after a further 174 people died from the virus.

The UK now may look to follow in Italy’s footsteps for exiting lockdown, as our death toll closely follows behind Italy. Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed today that a further 288 people had died in the UK, bringing the total to 28,734.

Globally, the US has the highest death toll in connection with Covid-19, after more than 68,000 people died.

Secret plans leaked today revealed that plastic screens could be placed between workers as employees go back to work in the UK.

The proposed exit strategy, forged by Business Secretary Alok Sharma and Cabinet minister Michael Gove, also suggested offices avoid hot-desking, and prevent employees from sharing pens or equipment.

Those who are able to work from home are also advised to continue doing so where possible to try and reduce the risk of a coronavirus resurgence, while those who do leave the house for their jobs can expect staggered arrival and departure times.

Bar areas will likely remain closed in restaurants and hotels, while restaurant tills will have to be placed at least two metres away from their kitchens.

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