Brilliant, right?! Café Rothe in Schwerin, Germany posted the picture of customers wearing straw hats with multi-colored, foam pool noodles attached to each one. The noodles stuck out to the side of each wearer creating a “‘no-go zone” between them and other customers. The owner of the café says it was the idea of the television news crew that came to capture footage of restaurants re-opening with new distancing rules in place. In tv it’s all about visuals and making people wear hats with goofy noodles sticking out of them is pretty funny one! The customers were happy to go along with the gag and it did the job of keeping everyone six feet apart. Although, the owner did admit that it was clear keeping proper distance is going to take more time to get used to.
With shelter in place restrictions beginning to ease across the globe, we’re going to see businesses try different ways to keep customers separated including everything from curbside pick-up to marking floors with boxes or an X to demonstrate how far to stand from one another. All of this reduces actual human contact and will hopefully keep the virus from spreading as rapidly. So far, Café Rothe appears to be the first to offer patrons hats to wear while dining or enjoying a coffee or beer. But with creativity reaching new levels during SIP, who knows what unexpected ways we’ll see to keep people safe.