Separation signs of the times

Creativity plays a part in preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus. A cha chaan teng in Tai Kok Tsui has fixed a transparent plastic sheet to divide a table into two, an idea to keep people apart in a good cause. The idea sent many people online to praise the cha chaan teng - a Hong Kong...



Thursday, February 13, 2020

Creativity plays a part in preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

A cha chaan teng in Tai Kok Tsui has fixed a transparent plastic sheet to divide a table into two, an idea to keep people apart in a good cause.

The idea sent many people online to praise the cha chaan teng - a Hong Kong style tea house - for its virus-transmission prevention effort. But some simply couldn't leave it at that. Other remarks included the line that the idea would be better if the table was cleaned with diluted bleach frequently and that no one should even come close to share a table when eating out.

Other eateries are taking similar lines. The Mou Mou Club and Gyu-Kaku are also placing pull-up banners to divide tables.

And that sort of idea travels well. A minibus featured a rig set up by the driver with a plastic sheet separating him from passengers.