Mannequins will Ensure Social Distancing in mayfair pub.

As the UK begins to open up slowly and lockdown measures start to ease, the need to ensure social distancing inside pubs, bars, and restaurants happens to occupy the forefront.

Though it’ll be a while before we’re actually able to enjoy a drink inside these places, you can bet they’re already visualising ideas to invite us back for a beer. However, few have come up with a plan quite so… unnerving as Mr Fogg’s Residence, which is planning to use Victorian-Esque mannequins to fill tables and help people social distancing.

The not-at-all creepy mannequins get the same inspiration that the bar does: Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days. Each one is kitted out head to foot in Victorian garb, which allows them to blend in pretty seamlessly with the hot air balloon and penny farthing hanging over the bar. The regulars are there not to prop up the bar but ensuring that there are no empty tables around which people could congregate, or move to join larger groups – thus running the risk of breaking the two-metre guideline.

I’ll leave it up to you to judge whether the mannequins are delightful additions or weirdly haunting. Still, for anyone worried about mingling with them, you won’t need to do it just yet, as there’s currently no date for indoor bars and restaurants to reopen.

The mannequins aren’t the only post-pandemic gimmick expected by the company. Sister bar Cahoots is currently weighing up whether to use gas masks as face coverings while at Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals, bartenders and waiters could end up dressed as beekeepers as a more fun type of PPE. Hey, it’s been a pretty tough year, so I think we can all do it with a bit of humour …

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