German Cafe use Pool noodles to enforce social distancing rules

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A cafe in Germany has gone viral after reopening their doors to patrons who were handed hats with pool noodles attached to them.

The owners of Cafe Rothe in Schwerin were given the green light to reopen their doors to customers last Saturday after coronavirus restrictionists were relaxed.

The Cafe reopening was a success with regular customers returning to the venue with the motto at the cafe being; “Keep the social distance.”

The cafe owner Jaqueline Rothe posted a photo to the cafe’s Facebook page showing customers sitting at tables with their new headgear on.

“Today it’s like this: distance measurement,” she wrote in the caption.

Rothe, 52, stated numerous happy customers flocked to the cafe to enjoy a coffee, cake or a beer in the sunshine. The idea to use pool noodles hats came from TV company RTL, which was filming the reopening of cafes and restaurants, which Roth’s believed would be an effective and safe way to enforce social distancing in her cafe.

“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 1.5m,” said Rothe, who said she was surprised by the attention her photo got in media outlets around the world.

During the shutdown the cafe remained open but was not able to serve customers inside.

Germany has lifted some coronavirus restrictions after Chancellor Merkel stated the country had cleared phase one of the pandemic, but also went on to say that Germany risks a new spike in infections if people ignored physical distancing measures in place to keep citizens safe.

“We will see what to expect when Germany opens up further, more people are allowed to travel and we have more tourists coming in the next few weeks, we will take it as it comes,” said Rothe.

To date Germany has recorded more than 174,400 cases of coronavirus and 7,884 deaths with the worldwide deaths at 308,985.

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