Bouncing back: Restaurants debut ‘bumper tables’ amid virus

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A restaurant and bar in Ocean City, Maryland, has created special bumper tables with inner tubes to keep customers six feet apart while they walk around. The tubes are on a metal frame and the customer stands in the middle.

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Diners in a Maryland beach town are bouncing back into eating out with a little help from inflatable inner tubes on wheels.

The Baltimore-based company Revolution Event Design & Production rolled out “bumper tables” that allow people to keep 6 feet from each other while eating and talking in social settings amid the coronavirus pandemic. News outlets report the inflated tube tables debuted at a restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland, on Saturday. The devices feature a hole in the middle for participants and wheels attached to the bottom for moving around. The company’s CEO says the tables are a fun way to maintain distance and still enjoy social settings.