Thai cafe serves coffee on wheels to maintain social distance amid COVID-19 outbreak

Thai cafe serves coffee on wheels to maintain social distance amid COVID-19 outbreak

A coffee is sent in a cart pulled by a rope as a transportation system after a cafe adopted a socia
A coffee is sent in a cart pulled by a rope after a cafe adopted a social distance policy for their customers in Bangkok, Thailand, Mar 20, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Chalinee Thirasupa)

BANGKOK: A cafe in Thailand has started using a pulley system to serve coffee on wheels as COVID-19 infections force businesses to practice social distancing.

Thailand has reported more than 300 coronavirus cases since January, but more than half were found this week alone, heightening fears of contracting the disease through physical contact.

To beat the fear, Art of Coffee in Bangkok has installed a rope and pulley system to serve drinks at a 1m distance to limit contact between staff and customers.

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A man receives a coffee in a box pulled by a rope as a transportation system after a cafe adopted a
A man receives a coffee in a box pulled by a rope. (Photo: Reuters/Chalinee Thirasupa)

A barista puts money back in a box pulled by a rope as a transportation system after a cafe adopted
A barista puts money back in a box pulled by a rope. (Photo: Reuters/Chalinee Thirasupa)

"I took this idea from social distancing in China. We heard that it works in curbing the outbreak of the disease and preventing new infections," said Apirak Chamraksin, the cafe's 39-year-old owner.

The shop has also put up a sign saying it prefers electronic payments rather than cash, so staff do not have to handle notes and coins. Many believe some of Thailand's earlier cases contracted the virus via banknotes received from infected tourists.

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A man receives a coffee in a cart pulled by a rope as a transportation system after a cafe adopted
A man receives a coffee in a cart pulled by a rope. (Photo: Reuters/Chalinee Thirasupa)

A man receives a coffee in a box pulled by a rope as a transportation system after a cafe adopted a
Art of Coffee in Bangkok has installed a rope and pulley system to serve drinks. (Photo: Reuters/Chalinee Thirasupa)

On the other end of the counter, customer Nopparattorn Promkaew waited as a cart carrying his iced coffee was pulled towards him. A bottle of hand sanitizer was placed nearby.

He welcomed the initiative because the distance helped eliminate physical contact, even though the shop's staff already wear face masks and rubber gloves.

"At first, I was a little worried about physical contact with others. But after seeing what the cafe did, I think they pay attention to customers' concerns. I'm very happy about it," he said.

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Source: Reuters/zl

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