As schools in China reopen after almost three months of lockdown, students have been asked to wear “one-metre hats” in order to maintain social distancing from their classmates. Several pictures and videos of the unique headgear have gone viral on social media, with netizens praising the creativity.
The pictures of the elaborate home-made caps, made using cardboard with sticks jutting out from each side, were shared on social media by many, including a user Eileen Chengyin Chow, who compared them to headgears used during the Song Dynasty to prevent officials from conspiring.
“The long horizontal plumes on Song Dynasty toppers were supposed to prevent officials from conspiring sotto voce with one another while at court—so social distancing was in fact their original function!” she tweeted.
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
The pictures have prompted many reactions online. While many wondered how the caps would prevent the spread of the virus, others found it creative. “Hey, here’s one wholesome thing that came out of this whole pandemic,” tweeted a user while another wrote, “Keep you safe and still looks cute.”
Adorable, useful, and historical! https://t.co/Xz3MuXdNbR
— Andrea Webster (@aloudlibrarian) April 28, 2020
Love this creativity https://t.co/raaAw8Pb3Q
— Marco Mascorro (@Mascobot) April 28, 2020
hey here’s one wholesome thing that came out of this whole pandemic https://t.co/pU6TN6K0Oa
— gaby (@gabyyho) April 28, 2020
— Karen Dowling (@KazAD20) April 28, 2020
Oh this is so precious and cute 🤣 https://t.co/r9pIizk7pK
— Mama Shark Doo Doo (@AimiSyafaf) April 28, 2020
Learning from the past…yes!🙌 https://t.co/V2zGPi6EsT
— Debra E. Fuente (@DebraEF5) April 28, 2020
Keep you safe and still looks cute https://t.co/bAixO1Adc8
— Kartini Samon (@moi_tince) April 27, 2020