Coronavirus: Tokyo bar uses special fish bowl screens to lure customers back

The special screens have been installed to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus and to make customers feel safer.

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The special screens have been installed to lure back the clients worried about the risks of Covid-19. (Photo: Reuters)
The special screens have been installed to lure back the clients worried about the risks of Covid-19. (Photo: Reuters)

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

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

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

The special screens have been installed to prevent transmission of the virus and to make customers feel safer. (Photo: Reuters)

"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 hang from the ceiling and envelop the customers' head and shoulders, acting as a barrier between them and other drinkers, as well as servers. 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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