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As establishments begin to reopen across the country, most are required to take extra physical distancing precautions to reduce the possibility of a second COVID-19 wave. Requiring face masks, regular hand-washing and hand sanitizer are pretty straightforward for businesses, but how do they comply with keeping customers at least 6 feet apart?

Many businesses have already implemented new measures to help keep you safe. For example, stores tape lines at 6-foot intervals for customers waiting to check out. Others put directional arrows up and down aisles so everyone moves in the same direction, evenly spaced. Others offer curbside pick-up, or may reduce the number of tables in the building to spread patrons out.

While physical distancing in public spaces is a challenge for everyone, a few businesses and organizations got creative. After all, why not make the difficulty of staying away from others just a little bit more tolerable — even fun.

Here are five establishments that rose to the physical distancing challenge.

1. Tube Tables

Revolution Event Design and Production unveiled its brand new physical distancing table at Fish Tales in Ocean City, Maryland. The fun tables are surrounded by an innertube that will keep guests at least six feet apart (though we would recommend face masks and not clinking glasses).

Cheers to a new way to socialize at a distance! Bumper tables now available for rent or purchase – branded or unbranded. ( So great to be able to finally debut these with Fish Tales in Ocean City, MD.

Posted by Revolution Event Design and Production on Monday, May 18, 2020

2. Pool Noodle Hats

Who doesn’t want to wear a fabulous hat while out on the town for a lovely lunch? The German Cafe Rothe in Schwerin put a creative spin on dining wear with its pool noodle physical distancing hats. Cafe owner Jaqueline Rothe told CNN customers loved the extra novelty, which was done especially for its reopening.

Heute mal so ,, Abstandsnachvermessung“

Posted by Cafe & Konditorei Rothe on Saturday, May 9, 2020

3. Holy Water Gun

Father Tim Pelc of St. Ambrose Parish in Michigan found himself the subject of a series of hilarious memes after photos showed him squirting parishioners with holy water using a water gun. Decked out in a mask and face shield, Father Pelc said he was blessing children’s Easter baskets for the holiday and he wanted to make the experience fun.

Blessing of the Easter Foods, April 11, 2020Adapting to the need for social distancing, St. Ambrose continued it's…

Posted by St. Ambrose Parish on Sunday, April 12, 2020

4. Low-Budget Instructional Videos

As dentists and orthodontists prepare their practice to get back to work, they’re taking precautions to limit COVID-19 infection risk for patients and staff. While many dental offices are taking similar actions — taking temperatures, closing waiting rooms and wearing extra personal protective equipment — Cobb Orthodontics added a fun twist with its informational video.

As you know we here at Cobb Orthodontics, like to keep things professional as we embark on a new way of care. We strive to emBrace new challenges. Please like and share our instructional video.

Posted by Cobb Orthodontics on Monday, May 11, 2020

5. Nature Inspiration

Every region is known for its unique plant and animal life. In Florida, it’s alligators. Capitalizing on what its residents know — the size of an alligator — officials for Leon County in Tallahassee, Florida, found the perfect design to illustrate physical distancing.

This is a reminder that during #COVID19, please remember to keep at least 1 large alligator between you and everyone else at all times. #SaferAtHome #PhysicalDistancing #Florida

Posted by Leon County on Thursday, April 2, 2020

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Header image via Larry Peplin/St. Ambrose Parish/Facebook

Originally published: May 20, 2020
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