French restaurant tests clear plastic domes that hang over each individual diner

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Get ready to dine à la dome.

A restaurant in Paris is toying with the idea of placing each patron’s head under a clear bucket-shaped dome, in order to prevent the transmission of coronavirus upon reopening.

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The prototype domes, proposed by French designer Christophe Gernigon, would hang from the ceiling above each diner, and extend down to their mid-torsos. Another of Gernigon’s prototypes would extend down over two diners, to simply separate their party from those within the dining room.

A man and a woman demonstrate dining under a Plex'Eat plastic shield Wednesday, May 27, at Paris restaurant H.A.N.D.

A man and a woman demonstrate dining under a Plex’Eat plastic shield Wednesday, May 27, at Paris restaurant H.A.N.D.
(AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

The director of the restaurant believes the idea presents a

The director of the restaurant believes the idea presents a “prettier, more poetic” option for eateries that hope to reopen during the pandemic.

“I imagined, during my nocturnal creative wanderings of these months of confinement, a new way of welcoming customers of bars and restaurants in search of outings,” writes Gernigon of his design, called the “Plex’Eat,” on his website. “Even if I hope not to get there, it is better to consider aesthetic, design and elegant alternatives that guarantee the rules of social distancing.”

Christophe Gernigon, the designer of the Plex'Eat, said he developed the idea while considering the 

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