As governments around the world imposed social distancing protocols to help stop the rapid spread of COVID-19, this proved to be difficult for many people to follow. Even though they are asked to maintain a distance of at least 1m from the next person, many simply ignore the rule.
Many people simply want to enter the building first or can’t wait in line for a long time. In many pictures at markets and shops around the world, people could be seen trying to squeeze in a limited space. This is really something that is difficult to solve, but it seems that India has found a way to solve the problem – and it’s actually much easier than expected.
Using some white paint, India was able to promote and impose social distancing much easier. Markers were placed all over the market and even in streets where the vendors sell various items. People were told to stay inside their own box – and it actually worked!
What’s heartwarming is that the government still allowed the street vendors to retain their spot, with markers placed even at the roadside leading to small-time ambulant vendors. In this manner, India was able to impose social distancing without the cops needing to constantly announce the instructions to a new batch of marketgoers.
To ensure that there is also social distancing between the buyers and the sellers, there are also special markers where the customers are supposed to stand.
Cops have an easier job as they only have to supervise the people to still make sure they follow the protocols. But with the markers in place, it is easier for them to understand and keep their distance.
Well done, India!