A cafe in the German city of Schwerin has come up with an innovative, if not slightly bizarre method of ensuring social distancing is followed by their patrons.
Celebrating the reopening of their cafe, the owners of Cafe & Konditorei Rothe gave their customers hats with pool noodles fixed on top as a novelty gimmick.
Sharing a photo of cafe-goers wearing the odd contraption on Facebook, the bulky accessories didn’t seem to deter patrons enjoying a glass of wine.
One fan of the cafe, who witnessed the social distancing measures, took to the comments to confirm that the customers were happy about the new headgear.
“Jacki and her team outdid each other again and this time not only with their coffee and cake, I laughed warmly,” he wrote.
“And the customers who participated in there certainly had difficulty enjoying the cake because they had to keep their belly from laughter. Great idea.”
Other comments under the post however, which has been shared more than 1300 times, were filled with people making light of the situation.
“I thought of using hula-hoops, but this is much more practical,” one Facebook user wrote.
“My husband had suggested a week ago that we in Spain should all wear wide sombrero. Ahead of his time!”
Cafes, eateries and pubs in other parts of Europe have also gotten creative with their social distancing measures. The Crossfields pub in Vienna, Austria took on the challenge by mounting a warthog head in between every table to prevent people sitting too close together.
“On every other table sits a warthog, our Aussie version of the baby elephant, to keep the minimum distance to the next table,” wrote the business on Instagram.
In other areas of Germany, restaurant tables have been re-positioned to ensure they are spaced far enough apart, with hand sanitation stations also become the norm.
Currently there have been a reported 174,975 cases of coronavirus in Germany, which have resulted in 7928 deaths. While the country went into a strict lockdown from mid-April onwards, shops have since been allowed to reopen, with new measures also allowing two households to socialise. Certain state governments have also given the green light for cafes to recommence trading.
According to the country’s latest COVID-19 figures, Germany has experienced an uptick in cases since restriction were eased. On Tuesday, May 12, Germany reported 993 new coronavirus cases, which three times the cases from the day before.
Despite the dramatic jump, the country’s national agency for disease control and prevention, the Robert Koch Institute said it’s still too early to confirm whether this is because of eased restrictions or a statistical uncertainty.