OPSI COVID-19 Innovative Response Tracker

Primary School Students wear ‘one-meter hats’ to keep social distancing

Innovative response

Primary School pupils are creating 'one-meter hats' in a Chinese school to help reinforce and promote social distancing.

Students attend Yangzheng Elementary School created hats with 0.5 meter protrusions extending horizontally either side from the hat, which allow students to always understand when 1 meter away from other students. They created them at home with their parents before the school re-opened.

Specific issues addressed and anticipated impact

Social distancing is vital to prevent the spread of the virus. Elementary school-age children, whilst not particularly affected by the virus themselves, can still be vectors for transferring it, but they may not have the discipline, spatial awareness, or understanding of the problem, to follow social distancing rules themselves.

This innovation helps to breed in those skills into students.

Organisations/institutions involved

Yangzheng Elementary School

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Level(s) of government:
  • Local government

Issues being addressed:

  • Information and practice sharing (with public and/or internal)
  • Public service delivery under new circumstances