A restaurant’s new tables have huge inner tubes that make social distancing look fun

A restaurant and bar in Ocean City, Maryland, has created special bumper tables with inner tubes to keep customers six feet apart while they walk around. The tubes are on a metal frame and the customer stands in the middle.
A restaurant and bar in Ocean City, Maryland, has created special bumper tables with inner tubes to keep customers six feet apart while they walk around. The tubes are on a metal frame and the customer stands in the middle. (John Middlebrook/Facebook)

A popular waterfront restaurant in Maryland has come up with a way to keep customers at a safe social distance that actually looks pretty fun.

Fish Tales Bar & Grill in Ocean City has bought new "bumper tables" that are surrounded by large inner tubes to keep diners from getting too close.

It's one of the creative ways restaurants are coming up with to keep their customers safe as states begin to ease restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.

At Fish Tales Bar & Grill, the custom-built tables look like huge 45 vinyl records and are on wheels, so people can walk in the restaurant's parking lot and bar area and mingle, while enjoying a cocktail or some food.

Maryland began reopening parts of the state on Friday as part of its multi-phased recovery plan. Under Stage One, retail businesses, manufacturers, houses of worship, and personal service businesses like barbers and hair salons are able to operate with limited capacity and other safety precautions.

Restaurants in the state are currently only allowed to offer delivery, takeout or drive-through service.

States that have opened for dining in have added restrictions. In Ohio, for example, tables need to be 6 feet apart or have barriers separating diners.

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