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Toy bears brought in to enforce social distancing at Balham restaurant

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Tagine has 12 new members of staff since reopening in July.

A restaurant in Balham has engaged the services of 12 large toy bears to help enforce social distancing measures for diners.

Tagine, which serves north African cuisine in south London, reopened on July 4 after closing for months during the coronavirus pandemic.

Cuddly toy bears sit in seats at Tagine in Balham to enforce social distancing at the restaurant
(Zizou Hammoudi)
Cuddly toy bears sit in seats at Tagine in Balham to enforce social distancing at the restaurant
(Zizou Hammoudi)

“A lot of people that are coming in (ask) ‘can I have a table next to the teddy bears?’ People (are) stopping, taking pictures, it’s been great.”

Cuddly toy bears sit in seats at Tagine in Balham to enforce social distancing at the restaurant
(Zizou Hammoudi)
Cuddly toy bears sit in seats at Tagine in Balham to enforce social distancing at the restaurant
(Zizou Hammoudi)

“Kids, six, seven years old, they are telling each other that it is for distancing,” he said.

“Even the kids, they know about it. I’m so happy.”

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