Australian Pub in Vienna Uses Mounted Warthog Heads to Enforce Social Distancing Between Tables

An Australian pub in Vienna, Austria, took an unusual approach to enforcing social distancing rules by mounting a warthog head in between every table to prevent people sitting too close together.

Crossfields Australian Pub said the warthog heads were mounted to ensure that the “new seating order” complied with social distancing rules. The pub has been altering its seating arrangements ahead of a planned reopening on May 15.

“On every other table sits a warthog, our Aussie version of the baby elephant, to keep the minimum distance to the next table,” it wrote on Instagram.

Austria plans to reopen its border with Germany on June 15 after being closed for two months during the coronavirus pandemic, local media reported. Restrictions on crossing the border will begin to be eased from May 15, with business trips and family visits allowed.

Austria loosened its coronavirus restrictions nearly a month ago and has reported that it has not led to an acceleration of infections. The public are required to implement social distancing rules and wear masks in shops and on public transport. As of May 13, Austria had reported about 16,000 infections and 600 fatalities from COVID-19. Credit: @crossfield_vienna via Storyful