Diners in a Maryland beach town are bouncing back into eating out amid the coronavirus pandemic with a little help from inflatable inner tubes on wheels.
About a dozen of the so-called bumper tables were rolled out Saturday at Fish Tales, a restaurant in Ocean City, news outlets reported.
The inflated tube tables were created by the Baltimore-based company Revolution Event Design and Production to allow people to practice social distancing while eating and talking in outdoor settings.
The devices feature a hole in the middle to accommodate people around 4 to 6 feet tall.
Participants get a little spring in their step with wheels attached to the bottom for moving around — all while maintaining a 6-foot distance from one another.
“We wanted to come up with a creative and fun way to keep everyone safe and compliant, but still bring back the social and festive and party aspect of the event,” Erin Cermak, the CEO of Revolution Event Design and Production, told The Baltimore Sun.
Shawn Harman and his wife, Donna, has owned Fish Tales for 37 years.
Harman said they have purchased 10 bumper tables from Cermak’s company.
He plans to order 40 more tables so customers can enjoy their food and remain distanced while dining in the restaurant’s parking lot.
“If you come in to get a pound of shrimp and a beer, you can stand in one of these and walk around and look at things and talk to people,” Harman said.
He said the reception to the bumper tables was positive when his family and friends took them out for a trial run outside his restaurant Saturday.
“There are other restaurants in other parts of the country that have contacted us to get information to order them,” Harman said.
Cermak, who is the cousin of Donna Harman, told The Sun that many restaurants, cafes and even a sports franchise have contacted her after news outlets reported on the tables.
She said her company can customize them for businesses and also rent them out per day.
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