Several students in China returned to school on Monday, months after the novel coronavirus outbreak hit the country. While life is slowly returning to the usual routine, social distancing is still being followed to contain the spread of the novel virus in China.
Amid this scenario, school students in Hangzhou were seen wearing unique hats in order to practice social distancing in the classroom. Several pictures of the first grade students donning colourful headgear with horizontal plumes have surfaced on social media.
Twitter user Eileen Chengyin Chow shared pictures from the classroom with the caption, “First graders back to school in Hangzhou, with social distancing headgear.”
In the tweet, she also shared that similar hats were worn during the Song dynasty in China to prevent officials from whispering and conspiring with each other at court. “The long horizontal plumes on Song dynasty toppers were supposedly to prevent officials from conspiring sotto voce with one another while at court. So social distancing was in fact their original function,” she wrote.
First graders back to school in Hangzhou, with social distancing headgear
The long horizontal plumes on Song Dynasty toppers were supposedly to prevent officials from conspiring sotto voce with one another while at court—so social distancing was in fact their original function! pic.twitter.com/0AOKsWE1xH
— eileen chengyin chow (@chowleen) April 27, 2020
At the time of filing this copy, the tweet had garnered over 7k likes and 3.8k retweets. Netizens flooded the comments section with praises and said that they loved the creative idea. “This is adorable and really interesting,” a user commented. “All the best little ones,” another person wrote.
Check out more reactions here:
Wow! This is adorable and really interesting. I hope they are safe enough…
— Tristan Felix (@tiger) April 27, 2020
— win (@HmmBee) April 27, 2020
I’ve no idea that schools in my hometown can get that creative!
— Lesley Lai (@LesleyLai6) April 27, 2020
All the best little ones
— stacie (@noisycupboard) April 27, 2020
— Asif M Sardar PhD (@amsardar) April 27, 2020
— Sue Ding (@suedujour_) April 27, 2020
— DavidRoy (@davidroyintokyo) April 27, 2020
The novel coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan, China in December 2019. The deadly virus has wreaked havoc across the globe and infected over 2.9 million people. In India, more than 27,000 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded so far.