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Fifty metres up and two apart - Belgium's dinner-in-the-sky relaunches

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgians looking for a different culinary experience will once again be able to eat 50 metres (164 feet) above the ground as the dining-in-the-sky experience returns from COVID-19 lockdown with a new, socially distanced feel.

Belgium-based Dinner in the Sky, which has been set up in some 60 countries since its 2006 launch, involves diners strapped into seats at a table suspended from a crane while well-known chefs cook and serve from the centre.

Their original platform sat 22 people together along the perimeter, but in the COVID-19 era, up to 32 diners will now reserve four-person private tables spaced apart from. The chefs and servers also have a little more space to roam.

“It means all the public are sitting in sort of a bubble,” said co-CEO Stefan Kerkhof at the crane base in the centre of the Belgian capital.

Dinner in the Sky offers three sittings - for lunch and two for dinner over the coming two weeks. The price is 295 euros (268.80 pounds) per head or 150 euros for weekend afternoon cocktails.

Reporting by Bart Biesemans, writing by Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Mike Collett-White