'Conny Corona' — German restaurant adds mannequins to keep customers company amid restrictions

The family run hotel and restaurant 'Haase' in Laatzen, Germany has come up with a unique idea to fill their restaurant with guests to make them more comfortable as customer numbers are reduced to meet social distancing rules. A total of six guests 'dine' permanently at the restaurant — the shop window mannequins 'Conny Corona, handsome Jens, Hannelore, Hubertus and thoughtful Amadeus... Еще,' accompanied by a CPR dummy called 'Britta.' Ulrike Haase, her business partner Thomas Haase and two friends came up with the idea within 30 seconds during a dinner on the terrace, inspired in part by the German football league who have put up human shaped card board cutouts in stadiums to replace the fans. Ulrike Haase then asked around to borrow window mannequins or CPR dummies and is still looking for more to fill the tables. Haase runs the business with 25 employees. They have been compensating for the economic consequences of the COVID-19 shut down with a drive-in pick up service and were able to reopen their restaurant on March 11 2020, when the state of Lower Saxony allowed this with certain requirements including 2 metre (6.5 foot) distances between tables, no decorations or salt and pepper shakers on the tables as well as time slots for the guests dining.

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