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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 have started to lift their lockdown measures, public places have been making changes to adapt to government-issued social distancing measures. 
  • More public places are using tape, floor markers and plastic dividers to help people comply with social distancing guidelines. 
  • 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 coronavirus lockdown measures, public places have been getting creative to adjust to social distancing guidelines.

From waiters wearing personal protective equipment to schools using plastic dividers between children, these photos show 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, 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)

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But 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 shop 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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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 (PPE) 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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…to pharmacies, and little shops…

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A lady waits to be served behind yellows lines marking the distance customers have to keep apart, in Rome, Italy, 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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The floor markers have been used on train platforms, to ensure people stand 6-feet apart while waiting for their train.

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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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…hairdressers…

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

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…and even public toilets, like these urinals seen 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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