Shortly after reopening, a German cafe has come up with a rather inventive way of keeping its customers safe from the deadly virus...

 

It's been a strange couple of months.

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In countries all over the world, strict lockdown regulations have been in place to avoid any further spread of the ongoing medical pandemic.

For months now, millions of people have been self-isolating.

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And, as a result of fewer people out and about, our hospitality industries have taken a beating.

One of the devastating effects of this pandemic is the closure of our restaurants, cafes, and bars.

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To prevent the spread of the virus, landlords and restaurant owners all over the world have been forced to close their doors.

It has been a truly dire time for our hospitality workers.

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As a result of the closures, millions have been forced out of work, and business owners are seriously struggling.

If our restaurants and bars don't reopen soon...

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They could be forced to close permanently, and the dreams of the owners will be over.

But now, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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Slowly but surely, restaurants, cafes, and bars are gradually reopening their doors.

All over the world, lockdown restrictions are gradually being lifted...

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Which means our restaurants and bars can start making some much-needed cash.

Many restaurants and bars are back open for business...

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We are finally on track to returning back to normal life, and we couldn't be happier about it.

But the threat of the virus is still prominent...

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So things aren't back to normal just yet.

Despite lockdown restrictions being eased, there is still the risk of a second spike of the virus.

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So restaurants and cafes that have reopened are having to go to extra lengths to protect their staff and their customers.

Some have decided to open on a "take-out only" basis...

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So customers will be unable to sit close together in a confined space.

And others are resorting to strict hygiene measures.

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Those who have resumed full service are requiring staff to wear gloves and facemasks as they work.

But there are some businesses that are taking their safety precautions to a whole new level...

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And it is a lot more extreme than disposable gloves.

A newly-reopened cafe in Germany has recently gone viral for its hilarious safety measures.

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Germany has been easing its strict lockdown measures since April, and Cafe & Konditorei Rothe, located in the city of Schwerin, has been the latest business to reopen its doors.

And, in order to celebrate...

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The cafe's owner decided to do something both fun and safe for her returning customers.

Pool noodle hats!

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The cafe's owner, Jacqueline Rothe, handed out pool noodles for patrons to wear on their heads as a social-distancing enforcement... And they look hilarious.

Still confused?

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Well, while pool noodles don't actually protect people from the virus, their length will prevent people from standing too close to one another.

Okay, the whole thing was a joke.

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Yep, this cafe owner didn't actually make her customers wear pool noodles... She just handed them out as a light-hearted joke to make people smile.

On her gimmick, she said:

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“In these difficult times it’s a pleasure to make others smile."

Sadly, not all restaurant owners have been so thoughtful.

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Keep scrolling to read about the owner who defied all the rules by deciding to reopen for hundreds of customers amid the devastating pandemic...