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WEIRD MEASURES SOME PLACES ARE TAKING TO STAY OPEN DURING THE PANDEMIC
Some say that the show must go on. We thought this meant if we were in a theater watching a play and a tragedy happened, such as one of the supporting characters suffering a heart attack, the cast didn’t stop acting and wait for the paramedics. It meant it was time for improvising.
In the beginning, the owners of some restaurants, bars, and other “non-essential” businesses were told to keep their stores closed until further notice. The governments of several nations soon realized that most places were essential for the people working there. If you think the bar across the street that only has two clients every day is not essential, think again. It’s essential to the bartender, the janitor, the owner, and especially the poor men who had a place to go to every day, even if it was only to fall into their addiction. They fed the people who worked there and kept the place going.
Many places have taken the initiative to improvise their own germ-free zone. Some of them have taken clever and practical ways to sanitize and make their space safer. This article is not about them. Let’s take a look at some of the weirdest ideas people have come up with to create a safe environment:
A Mediocre Superhero
Some countries are doing better coping with this pandemic than others. Unfortunately, the poor ones are doing the worst. In Venezuela, there was a crisis even before the pandemic struck, and it got worse with the current global situation.
This image showing a man taking another man’s temperature with his hands and writing the number down has been shared hundreds of times on different social media platforms, alongside thousands of other jokes.
One’s first reaction is that there has to be a better way than this to regulate the people who enter the venue. Even if there is no budget for a thermometer, the answer is not to do what every mother does when her kid tells her he is too sick to make it to school today.
The second layer suggests a still comic but dark example of a country whose people are running low on supplies and alternatives. Extreme measures, such as a human thermometer, which sounds like a mediocre superhero, appear to be the only way to respond to current events.
Mixing the Left and the Right Hand
Social media has now allowed people to report anything mildly controversial. In this case, a security guard at a supermarket in Chile suffered from this social media harassment. In a video that went viral on Twitter, we can see the exact moment when the security guard, intending to check a girl’s temperature, confused the items he was holding and sprayed alcohol into the young one’s eyes instead.
The incident took place on June 10th and was videotaped by the security cameras. The video already has over 10K views on Crónica TV’s YouTube channel. The security guard apologized to the girl afterward and called the incident “an honest mistake that could happen to anyone.” To be fair, the two objects are very similar. However, it’s still unwise to have similar items in each hand at the same time. That’s how one of our writers was drinking beer and feeding milk to his newborn child before the situation suddenly turned sideways.
Picture an anniversary dinner. The restaurant has been closed just for you to have a date with your significant other. Sounds romantic, doesn’t it? Well, for the owners of Five Dock Dining, it doesn’t. They are more traditional and like the atmosphere of a crowded place that takes them back to the old days when there wasn’t a deadly virus, just a risotto you could die for.
Five Dock Dining is a restaurant located in New South Wales, Australia. Like all businesses, it took a hit when the pandemic forced everyone to stay in their homes. However, when they were ready to open again, the owners figured it was a good idea to place cardboard cutouts at its tables in an attempt to make customers feel more comfortable. In the picture, cardboard figures can be seen placed at each table in pairs.
A few recent clients are drawing similarities between this experience and visiting the Gioconda at the Louvre museum. “Everywhere you move, the figures are staring at you” is the common response from recent customers. We later found out that what we believed was a compliment is a criticism of the restaurant. Truly, nobody likes being stared at while eating and much less if the people staring at you are made out of cardboard – and have empty glasses.
These situations illustrate that we are still in the early stages of this “new normal” and, hopefully, these unorthodox measures taken by some venues will be temporary. Checking people’s temperature with a lack of resources, placing cardboard cutouts to make people forget about the pandemic for a couple of hours, or attempting to sanitize customers while simultaneously checking whether they have a fever are all tasks done with good intentions.
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