A German café celebrates its reopening to patrons after lockdown by handing out pool noodle hats to maintain social distancing.
As countries lift lockdown restrictions, businesses are left with the task of ensuring social distancing measures are in place for both workers and customers.
And one café, Café Rothe, in northern Germany, has come up with a creative solution to avoid the spread of the virus.
During its reopening, the café introduced pool noodle hats that kept everyone six feet apart while dining.
The look seems to say, 'I may look like I'm down to party, but get any closer, and I'll whack you!'
While pool noodles don't actually protect you from coronavirus, their length will prevent you from getting too close to others.
But, the whole thing was just a joke—a one-time event.
Yep, the owner, Jaqueline Rothe, clarified that guests don't actually wear hats regularly. She just handed out the pool noodle hats as a light-hearted joke to make people smile.
"In these difficult times, it's a pleasure to make others smile."
In a photo the café shared on Facebook, patrons can be seen seated outdoors, wearing colorful pool noodles hats.
She wrote in the caption:
"Today, it's like this: distance measurement."
Jaqueline also told CNN it was a local TV company that came up with the 'genius' idea. The company was filming the reopening of cafes and restaurants in the region.
"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)."
The cafe usually has 36 tables inside and 20 in the outdoor space in warmer weather. But Jaqueline revealed they'd reduced the café's capacity due to social distancing requirements.
"With the new hygiene and social distancing measures, we only have 12 tables inside and only eight outside."
Cafe Rothe isn't the only establishment to come up with creative solutions to promote social distancing.
A restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand, placed stuffed pandas in chairs to remind customers to sit apart.
The restaurant owner said it not only helps with social distancing but also gives patrons' someone to eat with.'
Speaking to Reuters, the owner said:
"Earlier, we had only one chair for the tables where the customer came alone. But for me, it felt strange, so I thought I'd give them some company."