Countries around Europe have started to lift off some lockdown restrictions and come to live again. One of them is Germany, which might come as no surprise because the country has been handling the pandemic pretty well.
As of 14 May 2020, 174,948 cases had been reported with 7,928 deaths and approximately 150,300 recoveries in the country. On 6 May, Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the goal of slowing down the virus had been achieved and that the first phase of the pandemic was over while asking everyone to remain cautious so as not to cause a second wave.
“I think we can safely state that the very first phase of the pandemic is behind us,” Chancellor Merkel said, as reported by BBC. “But we need to be very much aware we are still in the early phases and we’ll be in it for the long haul.”
On the same date, the federal government announced the lifting of more restrictions which gave an opportunity for restaurants to start working with certain restrictions. A cafe in Schwerin called “Cafe & Konditorei Rothe” recently restarted its business by serving its patrons outside. It also made sure to space out the tables by 1.5m (4.9 feet) to keep some distance between the customers, which is what every restaurant ought to do.
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Cafe & Konditorei Rothe shared this hilarious photo on May 9
However, the owner of “Cafe & Konditorei Rothe” went the extra mile and came up with an ingenious idea to make sure the patrons keep their distance—pool noodles! Yup, you read that right. The business is using pool noodles attached to customers’ hats to help them with social distancing!
“In these difficult times it’s a pleasure to make others smile,” restaurant owner Jacqueline Rothe told Insider.
Germany began a slow easing of its lockdown restrictions in late April. The lockdown started in mid-March.
Most commercial spaces under 8,600 square feet were allowed to reopen, though social distancing and hygiene practices remain in place, and masks are strongly recommended by the government.
The cafe also serves as a confectionery, offering patrons delicious cakes and sweets
Here’s how people online reacted to the pool noodle hats