A restaurant in Istanbul has launched an interesting initiative to protect its customers against coronavirus. The Turkce Meze Kubbe restaurant, overlooking the Bosporus, has decided to cover its tables with giant glass bubbles, allowing for a safe environment for each table of friends.
Restaurant employee, Sezai Kalay, explained that the goal behind the glass bubbles was to create a «more sterile, cleaner, more hygienic environment during the coronavirus period,» especially since the Turkish government imposed strict lockdown measures. The measures, including the closure of restaurants and cafes since March 16, are slowly being relaxed. Restaurants were permitted to reopen on June 1, with social distance between the tables.
Groups of people enjoying meals in the glass bubbles could be seen in footage from Thursday, including drone footage shots showing a birds-eye view of the cabins on the rooftop terrace.
«I didn't leave the house during the coronavirus period. Today is my first time out. It's a very close friend's birthday. We weren't really planning on coming here, but it caught our attention when we saw the domes from the outside, and that's how we decided to come here,» stated customer Rabia Celik.
There have been 174,023 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Turkey since the outbreak began. Thus far 4,763 people have suffered virus-related deaths nationwide, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University.