Photos show how the world is readapting to socially distanced life during the coronavirus pandemic, from plastic table barriers to taped-up urinals

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People have lunch in a restaurant that reopened in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 4, 2020.

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  • As some countries start to lift their lockdown measures, public places have been making changes to adapt to government-issued social-distancing measures during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Restaurants, supermarkets, and schools are now having to think of creative ways to keep close physical contact at a minimum to stop any further spread of COVID-19.

  • Photos show how people are trying to adapt to a new way of life during the coronavirus pandemic.

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As some countries begin to lift their lockdown measures, public places including restaurants, schools, and sports facilities have been faced with a new challenge of trying to reopen, without causing another wave of the coronavirus.

The new circumstances are now forcing people to get creative with adjusting to social-distancing guidelines and keeping contact at an absolute minimum.

From floor markers to sectioned-off urinals, these photos show how the world is adjusting to life under the coronavirus pandemic.

As countries begin to slowly lift their lockdown measures, many changes have to be made to public life in an effort to prevent second waves of COVID-19.

Workers wearing protective outfits sanitize a shop in via Monte Napoleone fashion shopping street, in Milan, Italy, Monday, April 27, 2020.  Italian factories, construction sites and wholesale supply businesses can resume activity as soon as they put safety measures into place aimed at containing contagion with COVID-19. This concession comes with partial easing of national lockdown restrictions announced Sunday night by Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)
Workers wearing protective outfits sanitize a shop in via Monte Napoleone fashion shopping street, in Milan, Italy, on April 27, 2020.

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Restaurants are among those places that have to adapt the most. Some have been coming up with creative ways to enforce social-distancing measures, including putting up dividers on tables.

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People have lunch in a noodle restaurant that reopened after the easing of restrictions in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 6, 2020.

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In some places a plastic divider is not enough. Diners in this Bangkok restaurant, for example, have been asked to sit diagonally from each other to maximize their distance.

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People have lunch in a restaurant that reopened in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 4, 2020.

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In other places, like this local Starbucks in Hong Kong, entire tables have been taped off so that people can sit as far away from each other as possible.

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Tables and chairs taped up to maintain social distancing at a Starbucks coffee shop in Hong Kong, on April 2, 2020.

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A restaurant in Amsterdam took social distancing to a new level by seating its diners in small greenhouses that can accommodate up to two people, preferably from the same household.

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A restaurant tests servers providing drinks and food to guests in safe "quarantine greenhouses" in Amsterdam on May 5, 2020.

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The Dutch restaurant Mediamatic Eten plans to open on May 21.

Restaurant owners and staff members will also have to rethink ways of how to keep service in line with government rules. Some waiters have been seen wearing personal protective equipment to serve diners.

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Servers in protective gear carry food at a restaurant in Amsterdam on May 5, 2020.

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Coffee chains and fast-food restaurants are also having to make changes during the pandemic. This café in Bangkok is using a contactless pulley system to serve its customers.

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A man receives a coffee in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 20, 2020.

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But it's not just restaurants that need to adapt. Reopened sports facilities are being extra careful to avoid any social contact including this golf club in Washington, which is asking people to check in and pay while talking over speakerphone.

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Golfers with the clubhouse at The Golf Club At Newcastle in Newcastle, Washington, on May 5, 2020.

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As some sporting events are set to start again behind closed doors, live audiences are being replaced with banners with pictures of people wearing face masks.

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Dummies replace the audience at a regular-season baseball game in Incheon, South Korea, on May 5, 2020.

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On May 5, South Korea's professional baseball league started up again in Seoul's empty Jamsil stadium. Players were required to wear masks as 25,000 seats were left empty, according to The Washington Post

Other sporting events that are set to start again — behind closed doors — include the UFC and the Bundesliga.

One method seen in most countries involves using markers on the floor to help people comply with social-distancing guidelines. These stickers are seen everywhere from supermarkets.

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People follow social-distancing markings as they line up at a shopping mall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 2, 2020.

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To pharmacies and little shops.

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A woman waits to be served behind yellows lines marking the distance customers have to keep apart, in Rome, on March 10.

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And even pedestrian walkways, like this one in Denmark.

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A yellow stripe painted in the middle of a pedestrian street in Aalborg, Denmark, May 4, 2020.

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Social distancing on public transport is set to become another challenge. But authorities are using methods like taping off to seats to ensure that no close contact is made.

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Circles on the ground indicating where to sit and stand in a tramway in Nice, France, on May 6.

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Other measures include regularly disinfecting public transport. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the MTA would "disinfect every train every 24 hours."

The floor markers have been used on train platforms to ensure people stand six feet apart.

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Plastic circles on the ground indicating where to stand at the Gare du Nord train station in Paris, France, on May 5, 2020.

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Banks are also adhering to social-distancing guidelines.

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A teller wearing a protective face mask stands at a counter with a plastic curtain installed at the Higashinakano branch of MUFG Bank in Tokyo, on April 24, 2020.

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Hairdressers.

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Women are separated by dividers as they have their hair washed at Bella Rinova in Houston on May 8, 2020.

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And public toilets, like these urinals in the UK.

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Urinals to maintain social distancing on the M20 motorway in Maidstone, Britain, on March 26, 2020.

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Children are also being prepped on social distancing in the countries where schools have been allowed to open again.

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Pupils sitting behind partition boards made of plexiglass attend a class at a primary school in Den Bosch, Netherlands, May 8, 2020.

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