Prague cafe workers staged slot car races in bar emptied by COVID-19

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As scientists around the world rush to create a COVID-19 vaccine, staff at a Prague cafe have embarked on a different kind of race.

Mlynska Cafe has installed an electric slot car track on its bar as the restaurant remains closed to indoor dining, Reuters reported.

The cafe staff, which is popular with the local arts community, are still working on preparing takeout orders, the report said, but now have something to keep them busy between orders. They decided to set up the trail after a worker found it in a warehouse at home.

A bartender plays with an electric car track inside a coffee bar, as the Czech government has closed all restaurants for two weeks to slow the spread of COVID-19, in Prague, Czech Republic. (REUTERS / David W Cerny)

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The race track twists between beer taps, passes a stack of wine glasses on the bar, and even includes a loop between two tables.

“It was a sudden idea,” Jan Sramek, the bar manager, told Reuters. “We said if we couldn’t use the space like we did before… we would have the kind of fun that we can’t have when we have guests.

The Czech government has closed all restaurants for two weeks to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease.  (REUTERS / David W Cerny)

The Czech government has closed all restaurants for two weeks to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease. (REUTERS / David W Cerny)

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The Czech Republic has seen a dramatic increase in newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past two months and has seen the largest per capita increase in coronavirus infections and deaths since last week.

On October 14, Czech officials banned gatherings of more than six people and banned diners from entering restaurants and bars in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19.

A bartender prepares a drink after turning a bar into an electric car track.  (REUTERS / David W Cerny)

A bartender prepares a drink after turning a bar into an electric car track. (REUTERS / David W Cerny)

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About 2,000 protesters rallied against the restrictions and clashed with riot police in Prague on Sunday, The Guardian reported.

The virus has infected more than 188,000 people in the Czech Republic and killed 1,600, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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