Café Rothe in Schwerin, Germany, celebrated the loosening of Germany's lockdown restrictions by handing out pool noodle hats.

  • Restaurants reopened on Saturday in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.
  • Café Rothe in the city of Schwerin along with German TV channel RTL, celebrated its reopening by handing out social distance-enforcing pool noodle hats to patrons as a gimmick.
  • "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.
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