As scientists around the world race to create a COVID-19 vaccine, the staff at one café in Prague have taken up a different kind of race.
Staff at the café, which is popular with the local arts community, are still working to prepare takeout orders, according to the report, but now they have something to keep them occupied in between orders. They decided to set up the track after one worker found it in storage at home.
The race track twists between beer taps, banks past a stack of wine glasses on the bar and even includes a loop-de-loop between two tables.
“It was a sudden idea,” Jan Sramek, the bar manager, told Reuters. “We said if we can’t use the space as we used to … we’d have the kind of fun here we can’t have when we have guests.”
The Czech Republic has seen a dramatic increase in newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past two months and was experiencing the fastest per capita rise in coronavirus infections and deaths as of last week.
On Oct. 14, Czech officials banned gatherings of more than six people and barred diners from going inside restaurants and bars in an effort to curb COVID-19’s spread.
On Sunday, an estimated 2,000 protestors rallied against the restrictions and tussled with riot police in Prague, The Guardian reported.
The virus has infected more than 188,000 people in the Czech Republic and killed 1,600 there, according to Johns Hopkins University.