Most years people start planning their April Fools’ Day pranks well in advance to mark the day, but this year there’s little to celebrate thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. On social media, many said they wouldn’t be celebrating April 1 this year.
Though many companies and individuals skipped their annual jokes and pranks, hashtag #AprilFoolsDay dominated social media platforms like every other year. Instead of pranks and tricks, people took to platforms like Twitter and Facebook to say how April Fools’ Day is cancelled this year as the year 2020 seems to have been a joke.
Some warned others not to even dare share a joke on the occasion, while others hoped someone would say everything sad happening around the world was just a prank.
Here are some reactions:
Zoom In! We’ve got a secret message for you. pic.twitter.com/8b0ftbBYsq
— Captian Anti-Rona (@Just_Nandos) April 1, 2020
No #AprilFoolsDay prank can match our lives right now! 🤓
Real life is more unbelievable than fiction!
— Charu Pragya🇮🇳 (@CharuPragya) April 1, 2020
— fatima (@_fatimaakhann) April 1, 2020
— Divine _bxl_bxl (@dididope) April 1, 2020
— The Ameenha Lee (@AmeenhaLee) April 1, 2020
— alexia (@alexiakenzo) April 1, 2020
You know what the biggest #AprilFoolsDay joke is?
THIS YEAR. pic.twitter.com/6CLl7dsipv
— Mcsuper- Team Scorbunny ⚔️🛡 (@Macusian12345) April 1, 2020
— super kul cat🐯 (@paulagba7) March 31, 2020
— Sarcastic Nawab🔥 (@sarcastic_nawab) April 1, 2020
— Gaz (@_JustGaz) April 1, 2020
— marisol (@calmfalling) April 1, 2020
— BIGGIE™ (@istanBIG_) April 1, 2020
Many countries are under lockdowns in a bid to reduce the transmission of the virus, which has already claimed more than 42,000 lives globally.