Architects Envision Ways to Make Restaurants Safer
Design firms across the globe are exploring how to make restaurants safer for both patrons and workers. Proposals range in scope and scale, but, in all instances, the goal is to limit potential viral exposure and to help occupants feel protected.
Many of the challenges facing dining establishments are spatial in nature, so firms dissect the various zones in a restaurant and propose specific solutions for each. For instance, in the public seating area, movable tables placed six feet apart and booths separated by extra-tall partitions. Signage and sanitation stations; improved air filtration and circulation; and extending seating to outdoor spaces such as sidewalks, parking lots and even rooftops are also options.
“It’s all about building a level of trust – showing the customer that they’re entering a safe place and they can feel comfortable there.”
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Credit: Architectural Record.