After successfully slowing the spread of the pandemic, Germany is now one of many countries attempting to reopen cafes and restaurants. But life is far from normal, since these businesses must adhere to hygiene and social distancing rules. Cafe & Konditorei Rothe in the city of Schwerin has come up with a fun way to ensure safe distancing among diners.
Cafe owner Jacqueline Rothe came up with the idea of using pool noodles to keep her patrons apart. Each customer is asked to wear a straw hat with a pool noodle (or "fun noodle") attached to the top. The unusual policy not only keeps people apart, but it's hard not to laugh at how ridiculous it looks. Rothe says "it's a pleasure to make others smile."