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Pandering to social distancing, Thailand

Image: Maison Saigon

From period mannequins to stuffed pandas, Vietnamese eatery Maison Saigon in Bangkok is seating toy bears at tables so diners won’t feel lonely sitting by themselves. .

The restaurant reopened after Thailand relaxed its lockdown laws earlier this month. Social distancing measures, however, remain in place.

In order to better conform with the new requirements, toy pandas are now placed at every table at Maison Saigon to help keep diners separated from each other.

Speaking to Reuters, Maison Saigon owner Natthwut Rodchanapanthkul, said: “Earlier we had only one chair for the tables where the customer came alone. But for me, it felt strange, so I thought I’d give them some company.”

The move has been welcomed by customers, who have praised the restaurant for providing a fun and safe way to navigate the space and know where to sit.

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