A Covid-secure space to socialise. Could these greenhouses1 be the future of going out? As countries emerge2 from lockdown all over Europe, they're experimenting with new ways to get people dining out again.
Temperature checks, outdoor seating and this innovative3 idea is designed to help people adjust from a state of isolation4 to a degree of social contact. And overcome the inevitable5 anxiety many of us feel about mixing in public again while the risk of infection still exists.
The head chef, Tomasso, is happy to be back in the kitchen.
Cooking is always like a kind of like a way to, like, care [for] people. So actually this moment especially I think is, for chefs, is more important also because we lose the opportunity to like, to feed the people and care for the people, like who are in our restaurants.
Waitresses and diners must observe social-distancing advice. Here in the Netherlands, that means staying one point five metres apart.
These wooden planks6 serve as a low-tech solution to help stick to the rules, but still the staff have some concerns.
Yeah, I worry all the time. I'm also Italian so Italy now, it's in the middle of the storm I would say. But at the same time we have the role of [making] this fear maybe a little bit less. Not to forget about it at all but to start co-living with it maybe.