A cafe in Germany has celebrated its grand post-lockdown opening by handing out pool noodles to customers so they can maintain social distancing.
Oh my god, this is amazing. A German cafe is making people wear swimming pool noodles as hats to enforce social distancing.— Katy Lee (@kjalee) May 14, 2020
Pic via Cafe & Konditorei Rothe on Facebook https://t.co/fMgqgbTdt6 pic.twitter.com/ds0whysqqi
Rather than using floor markings and perspex screens to keep people safely apart, the cafe distributed straw hats affixed with two colourful swimming noodles attached to the top.
Cafe Rothe told US media numerous happy customers flocked to the cafe to enjoy a coffee, cake or a beer in the sunshine.
"This was the perfect method to keep customers apart - and a fun one. It was a perfect gag and of course it was funny, our customers were really into it. But what it did show to us was how difficult it is to keep a distance of 1.5 meters (4.9 feet)," said Rothe, who also expressed surprise at the attention her photo garnered in news outlets around the world.
The cafe and confectionery shop usually has 36 tables inside and 20 outside in warmer weather, but with the new hygiene and social distancing measures there are only 12 tables inside and eight outside. During shutdown the cafe remained open but wasn’t able to serve customers inside.
Germany has recorded over 174,400 cases of coronavirus and 7,884 deaths, according to the latest figures.