OCEAN CITY (AP) — Diners in a Maryland beach town are bouncing back into dining out amid the coronavirus pandemic with a little help from inflatable inner tubes on wheels. About a dozen of the so-called “bumper tables” were rolled out at Fish Tales, a restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland, last Saturday, news outlets reported. The inflated tube tables were created by Baltimore-based company Revolution Event Design & Production to allow people to practice social distancing while eating and talking in outdoor settings.
The devices feature a hole in the middle to accommodate people around one to two metres tall. Participants get a little spring in their step with wheels attached to the bottom for moving around — all while maintaining a two-metre distance from each other.
“We wanted to come up with a creative and fun way to keep everyone safe and compliant, but still bring back the social and festive and party aspect of the event,” the CEO of Revolution Event Design & Production Erin Cermak told the Baltimore Sun.
Shawn Harman, the owner of Fish Tales, said he and his wife have purchased 10 bumper tables from Cermak’s company. Harman said he plans to order more so customers can enjoy their food and remain distanced while dining in the restaurant’s parking lot. “If you come in, you can stand in one of these and walk around and look at things and talk to people,” Harman said.