Cafe tells customers to wear pool noodles to enforce social distancing

A cafe in Germany has celebrated its grand reopening to customers after lockdown by handing out pool noodles to maintain social distancing.

Last Saturday the owners of the Cafe Rothe in Schwerin — a town in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s home state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania — were allowed to reopen their doors to visitors after coronavirus restrictions were lifted.

While people enjoyed the company and the weather, the motto at the cafe was: “Keep the social distance.”

A cafe in Germany has celebrated its grand reopening to customers after lockdown by handing out pool noodles to maintain social distancing.

Last Saturday the owners of the Cafe Rothe in Schwerin — a town in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s home state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania — were allowed to reopen their doors to visitors after coronavirus restrictions were lifted.

While people enjoyed the company and the weather, the motto at the cafe was: “Keep the social distance.”

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

Rothe, 52, told CNN numerous happy customers flocked to the cafe to enjoy a coffee, cake or a beer in the sunshine.

“This was the perfect method to keep customers apart — and a fun one,” she said, explaining that local TV company RTL, which was filming the reopening of cafes and restaurants, came up with the idea.

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

The cafe and confectionery shop usually has 36 tables inside and 20 outside in warmer weather, said Rothe.

“But with the new hygiene and social distancing measures we only have 12 tables inside and only eight outside,” she said, adding that pre-coronavirus their tables would be roughly 80 cm (31.5 inches) apart.

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