In a stunt to encourage social distancing, a German restaurant gave its diners hats with pool noodles upon its reopening. 

Cafe & Konditorei Rothe in Schwerin, Germany reopened last week as the country begins to lift certain coronavirus restrictions.

It posted a photo of its diners on Facebook, showing them in straw hats with colorful pool noodles pointing in three different directions to encourage social distancing from all sides. 


“In these difficult times it’s a pleasure to make others smile,” restaurant owner Jacqueline Rothe said about the stunt, according to The New York Post.

Last week, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced shops could reopen and students could return to school, but the government is still recommending the use of face masks and social distancing. 

The photo marks another example of creative social distancing strategies in recent weeks as places begin to reopen and seek to prevent COVID-19 from spreading among customers, employees and students. 

A viral photo from France shows preschoolers playing outside in separated chalk squares in one instance of maintaining distance as coronavirus restrictions are lifted. 


And in Amsterdam, another restaurant has gained attention with its special, separated dining areas for customers.