Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Cocktails and hazmat suits mingle in the Beijing Olympics bubble (VIDEO)

ZHANGJIAKOU, China Feb 3 (Reuters) – A bartender in the Chinese ski resort of Zhangjiakou wears a blue and white hazmat suit as he pours a cocktail, before passing the drink to a similarly attired waiter who shuffles across the room in blue plastic booties to deliver the drink.

The bar guests at the Nanshanli Condotel on Wednesday evening, most of them Olympics-related personnel and journalists, could see only a sliver of their servers’ faces behind white masks and giant plastic face shields.

The scene, which some participants have likened to dystopian fiction, is playing out around Olympics venues in the capital and Zhangjiakou in neighboring Hebei province as Chinese officials try to minimize the chances of the Beijing Winter Games sparking a fresh coronavirus outbreak.