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Tokyo bar uses fishbowl-like screens to lure back clients wary of COVID-19

Tokyo bar uses fishbowl-like screens to lure back clients wary of COVID-19

Goldfish bowl-like acrylic screens are seen installed as part of new COVID-19 measures at a night club in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo: Reuters)

TOKYO: A bar in Tokyo's upscale Ginza district has installed fishbowl-like screens designed to protect against coronavirus transmission, aiming to lure back clients worried about the risks of COVID-19.

The Jazz Lounge En Counter bar reopened in late June, having shut down for several weeks after the government declared a nationwide state of emergency in April.

But with revenues down 70 per cent to 80 per cent compared with pre-pandemic levels, the bar decided to step up efforts to ensure customers feel safer.

"If we don't take firm steps we wouldn't be responding to customers' requests. And they wouldn't visit us because they're worried," said manager Katsutoshi Iwazaki.

The conical, clear acrylic screens – which were demonstrated to Reuters by bar staff on a recent visit – hang from the ceiling and envelop the customer's head and shoulders, acting as a barrier between them and other drinkers, as well as servers.

Goldfish bowl-like acrylic screens are seen installed as part of new COVID-19 measures at a night club in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo: Reuters) A goldfish bowl-like acrylic screens is seen installed as part of new social distancing measures and prevention of infection against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is installed at a night club in Tokyo

Employees said they, too, felt more protected.

"I can't talk to them (customers) safely if there's a risk of droplet infection. But I feel very safe now with this measure," said 27 year-old staff member Mako Aoki.

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Source: Reuters/dv

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