Belgian city paints 'safe circles' in public spaces

A Belgian city is using social distancing circles

as warm weather draws people outside

Location: Ghent, Belgium

ELIAN COLPAERT, TRADE ENGINEERING STUDENT:

"I think for the students of Ghent it's nice to sit on St Peter's Square, to have a drink with friends or to meet new people, because in these harsh times it's not very easy to meet people and to socialize with your friends. So I think it's a good solution and it looks a little bit weird, but it's effective."

100 circles have been painted in public spots

Each one is roughly 19 feet in diameter and 13 feet apart

MAYOR OF GHENT, MATHIAS DE CLERCQ:

"It was an idea of the students to paint circles and it allowed them to come together in a safe way. So it was their idea and as a city we installed more than 100 circles here at our St Peter's Square, but also in three parks in our city to enjoy the good weather, because these are places that people want to come to when there is good weather."