This German Cafe Is Using Pool Noodles to Help with Social Distancing

This is adorable—and effective.

We’re at a weird time right now with this whole “quarantine” thing. Plenty of states have reopened, which means it’s possible to do eat at certain restaurants rather than just carrying out. Whether or not you want to go back to dining out is a choice for each person to make. But one thing is absolutely clear—social distancing isn’t going away anytime soon.

That necessity has led to some interesting dining options, like at this greenhouse restaurant in Amsterdam. Now, another European eatery is joining the “creative social distancing” club—they’re using pool noodles to keep diners six feet apart.

How Does This Solution Work?

Cafe & Konditorei Rothe in Schwerin, Germany, has still found a crafty use for pool noodles. To keep customers six feet apart, it’s having them wear hats with pool noodles affixed to the top. The shop owner wanted to draw attention to the difficult situation through humor, and we definitely think they succeeded. It’s pretty impossible to look at their photos without laughing!

This is what we can’t wait to do after quarantine ends.

I Want a Pool Noodle Hat!

Don’t we all? It’s not like there was ever a wrong way to social distance as long as you were staying six feet away, but this place is absolutely doing it right. So far we haven’t heard of anywhere doing this in the U.S., but seriously, somebody should get on that.

We’re not recommending anyone head out on a flight to Germany specifically to dine at the cafe—but by all means, do support your local businesses. Instead, take stock of safe ways to get takeout right now. If thinking about this German cafe and pastry shop has you craving something sweet, check out our quick desserts to make in quarantine.

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Emily Hannemann
Emily adores both food and writing, so combining those passions as a writer for Taste of Home makes perfect sense. Her work has also appeared in Birds & Blooms and on TV Insider. When she’s not eating peanut butter straight from the jar, you'll find her running or birdwatching. Emily is currently a journalism graduate student at the University of Missouri.