Countries around the world are enforcing nationwide lockdown’s to try and curb the spread of the coronavirus. While the idea of simply staying home and avoiding close contact with others seems easy in theory, some are finding more difficult than others.
One city that seems to be struggling with this new way of life is Chennai on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise announcement on March 24, stating that everyone in India would be forbidden from leaving their homes for the next 21 days, resulting in India’s largest mass lockdown in the history of the country.
Due to the abrupt nature of the announcement, many citizens simply didn’t abide by the new lockdown stipulations or were stuck in places where they didn’t live and unable to buy necessary supplies.
In an effort to ‘scare’ citizens into taking the outbreak seriously, an Indian police officer named Rajesh Babu deployed a rather unusual tactic. Instead of wearing a regular crash helmet, Badu decorated his helmet to closely resemble the coronavirus.
Rajesh Babu, a police officer, wearing a helmet depicting #coronavirus, requests a commuter to stay at home during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus disease (#COVID19), in #Chennai, #India pic.twitter.com/TIIsqEZDKy
— Hans Solo (@thandojo) March 31, 2020
In an interview with Asian News International, Badu explained his decision to wear the custom helmet, ‘We take all the steps but still people come out on the streets. Therefore, this corona helmet is one of the steps we are taking to ensure that people are aware of the seriousness of the police.
‘The helmet is an attempt to do something different. When I wear this, the thought of coronavirus comes into the minds of the commuters. Especially, the children react strongly after seeing this and want to be taken home.’
Its yet to be seen if his tactic will actually deter motorist using the roads during the lockdown, but it’s safe to say this is definitely one of more unique ways of getting people to stay indoors.