Coronavirus: Could this be the future of dining in Spain?

Coronavirus: Could this be the future of dining in Spain?
Manuel Gil (L), owner of the LLenatubar company, makes a mock toast at a table with methacrylate partition walls built and installed by his company in a small restaurant in Leganes near Madrid. Photo:
What will post-coronavirus lockdown life look like in Spain?

A waiter wearing a mask and surgical gloves welcomes you at the door and, while maintaining a safe distance of two metres guides you carefully along a wide route through the restaurant, to a table where you take a seat behind a plastic screen.

This is the possible future being outlined by restaurant owners in Madrid keen to come up with solutions that would allow them to reopen once lockdown is lifted.

One restaurant in Leganes has already had the prototype screens installed to test the design of the hygiene petitions that have been built by the Llenatubar company.

The partition screens are made of methacrylate and are the sort that have already been installed at supermarket tills to protect both workers and shoppers from infection.

They would enclose each diner in their own protective box where they could enjoy the food and the atmosphere of the restaurant without fear of contagion.

“The price of a personal protection system for individual diners is around €600-700 per table” explained Manuel Gil, the owner of llenatubar.com, as he presented the system on TeleMadrid this week.

The restaurant has also been fitted with thermal cameras which detect the temperature of diners as part of pilot test that could influence the “new normal” of dining out in Spain.


Pedro Zamorano, manager of the Camarascovid company, speaks during an interview next to a thermal camera to detect the temperature of customers in a small restaurant in Leganes. Photo; AFP

This week Madrid city authorities said they were considering a proposal to increase the area given over to outside tables – or terrazas as they are known in Spain – to allow wider spacing to maintain social distancing between tables.

Other measures under consideration include a proposal by the Noche Madrid, an association of nightlife venues in Madrid to reduce the capacity of establishments by 60 to 65 percent and to distribute masks and gloves at the door after taking temperatures of those wishing to enter.

Hotels are already coming up with plans that  they hope could allow them to open at the earliest opportunity which include issuing “welcome packs” of face mask, gloves and hand sanitizer to guests on arrival and replacing breakfast buffets with individual hampers.

It is too early to say when such establishments might reopen for business as lockdown as been extended for a third time until May 9th and “de-escalation will be slow” according to statements made by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez this week.

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  1. I am still amazed by the (lack of) precautions being taken in Spain and most of Europe. I live in Thailand where not wearing a mask can result in many people glaring at you in the local 7-11 or where ever you are. Every DIY store, every 7-11 (over 10000 outlets in Thailand)in fact any store still trading. (those are mainly food-based stores with a few exceptions) My point is that you will be greeted by a temperature scanner, the use of a hand gell in every store.
    I also find it hard to believe that we are being told of huge shortages in masks. I can import up to millions of face masks of varying qualities directly from China. I am offered masks every day. Only the other day I was offered Intensive care Ventilators over 200 in stock and available for immediate despatch. Our total confirmed cases in Thailand 2584 and total deaths 50 yes 50. Our population is just shy of 70,000,000 people. I agree we have a country which is very hot and therefore the virus cannot live long outside of a host. But look at the recovery rate nearly 2,500 people fully recovered. My point is you and Europe are not doing enough to control the virus and its spread. I watched a TV programme last night about how the UK food supply chain was coping with Covid 19 I could have counted the number of masks being worn on the fingers of one hand. True they do not prevent you from catching the disease, but if you are asymptomatic it can prevent your droplets of bodily fluid from being sprayed over everyone else.
    The reaction to this pandemic has been to slow, as for the UK’s herd immunity idea it is truly unbelievable. Let’s kill a few hundred thousand people then the rest of them who recover will gain immunity. Here we have a curfew on the roads now, whole cities are being shut down only residents in or out and only then with good reason.
    So take more care with the transmission of the virus.
    I am reading the Local because I am planning to move to Spain but moving is more difficult because of the Virus, the house is unlikely to be sold as no buyers want o come out. Ah well

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