The hospitality sector has been particularly badly affected by the Covid-19 outbreak and the resulting restrictions on behaviour. How can social distancing be enforced in a restaurant or a bar? It’s not easy, especially after a few drinks. But one enterprising bar owner has come up with a solution – and it uses hazmat response suits as a model.
Production Club, which operates bars in Spain and Los Angeles, has worked hard on the ‘Micrashell’ concept, which it says will allow people to socialise responsibly and help improve mental well-being. It consists of a transparent hood and an upper-body jacket and gloves. Clean air is fed into the hood, which is also equipped with connections for canisters of drink or vaping liquid, and the whole thing runs on batteries that can also be used to charge a mobile phone.
The whole package looks pretty snazzy too – perhaps this is a model for the hazmat emergency responder’s outfit of tomorrow?
TAKE ME TO THE SLAMMER
And it is not just in clubs and bars that the need for booze to get us through the pandemic is causing issues. A man in California was arrested last month after stealing wine from a tank truck – while it was moving. According to the East Bay Times, the man drove up to the Cherokee Freight Lines tanker on Highway 99 and signalled the driver to pull over. Believing there was an issue with the rig, the tanker driver complied, but then saw the miscreant, clad only in underpants and a face mask, disappear round to the back of the tanker.
At this point the tanker driver decided to get back on the road; the other man managed to grab hold of the ladder and then, according to the truck’s onboard camera, disappeared underneath the barrel. The tanker driver, already calling CHP, noticed that the tank gauge was dropping, indicating that his red wine cargo was leaking. He pulled over and found the hijacker flat on his back on the ground with wine pouring out all over him.
The desperate boozer was arrested and spent the night behind bars, although at this point hunger got the better of him. Released the following day – lockdown measures meaning there was no bail set – and desperate for a sandwich, he stole another truck and was arrested again.
Elsewhere, those hankering for hard liquor have not been so fortunate. At least 70 people are thought to have died in Mexico in recent weeks after drinking bootleg booze tainted with methanol. These fatalities are thought to be one unfortunate result of the restrictions on the sale of legitimate alcohol.
In Puebla state, at least 20 died in the town of Chiconcuautla after buying liquor from one particular store, which has now been closed; in Morelos state, inspectors seized 20-litre jugs of unlabelled alcohol thought to have been the cause of 15 deaths in Telixtac; 25 died in Jalisco state after drinking a cheap brand of cane alcohol known as ‘El Chorrito’; and another seven died of methanol poisoning in the Yucatan village of Acanceh.
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