Offices, malls and educational institutions have been shut down across the country, in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Yet, many are unaware of such rigorous measures, especially social distancing. With an aim to raise awareness on the contagious virus, a group of young people from Bogura created a Facebook group, titled 'Corona and Situation of Bogura', last month.
Pictures of people painting circles, around three feet away from shops, to maintain the distance between buyers and sellers, were widely circulated online, said Rakib Juwel, one of the administrators of the group. They were inspired after seeing those pictures and wanted to start painting circles on the roads of their respected areas, but the paint shops were closed.
The administrators then reached out to people who have their own paint shops, or those who have extra tubs of paint in their homes. Later, they started painting circles with different colours, about three feet off, in front of medicine shops, groceries and food stores in different areas of Bogura. Men and women from the group have been painting circles, wearing masks and hand gloves, on the streets.
Niva Sarkar, a theatre artiste, said that she painted circles in the kitchen market of Bokshibazar, along with her partner. As a result, people are now maintaining social distance, while coming to buy anything in the market. Sabia Shabrin, a resident of Uposohor in the town, said that she was inspired after seeing a picture of a painted circle posted in the Facebook group. In an effort to encourage social distancing, people painted around 20 circles in front of different shops at Uposohor, she said.
Farida Banu, a retired schoolteacher of Colony area, said that it is a great initiative by young people to build awareness on social distancing.
Rakib Juwel said that alongside Bogura, circles have been painted at different places in Shibganj, Sonatola, Sherpur, Dhunot and Gabtoli. They have also composed a song in their local dialect to build awareness on the coronavirus.