German Cafe Enforces Social Distancing Rules by Asking Patrons to Wear Pool Noodle Hats

After successfully slowing the spread of COVID-19, Germany is one of many countries attempting to reopen its cafes and restaurants. However, life is far from returning to normal—many establishments are having to adhere to specific hygiene and social distancing rules. Cafe & Konditorei Rothe in the city of Schwerin is one of those places, and they've come up with a fun way to ensure their guests stay a safe distance apart—1.5m (4.9 feet).

The cafe’s owner, Jacqueline Rothe, came up with the idea to use pool noodles to keep patrons apart. Each customer is asked to wear a straw hat with the colorful, cylindrical polyethylene foam objects attached at the top. The unusual idea not only keeps people apart, but it’s hard not to laugh at how ridiculous it looks. Rothe says, “In these difficult times, it’s a pleasure to make others smile.”

This isn’t the first time people have adopted headwear to combat the virus. At a primary school in Hangzhou, China, children made elaborate hats with 1-meter-long “wings.” Just like the patrons of Cafe & Konditorei Rothe, each wacky headpiece creates a safe zone around them. However, Rothe admitted that her hats were just a one-off requirement for the reopening of the cafe and the guest won’t have to wear them regularly.

Cafe & Konditorei Rothe in Germany used funny hats with pool noodles to enforce social distancing rules.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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