The new novel coronavirus pandemic has swept through the world, and forced people to be socially-distant and confined within their homes.
While prejudice against people with the disease, and racism against Asians have drastically increased, the world is finally beginning to live with the reality of the disease: economies are slowly restarting, and people are finally coming out of their homes.
However, lives are resuming keeping the invisible infection in mind - people are wearing masks and social-distancing.
In France, schools, including primary ones are re-opening. A picture from one of the schools, posted by Lionel Top, a TV journalist in France, showed how children were put in literal chalk boxes for playtime, and asked to social distance.
Les enfants font leur rentrée aujourd’hui (un petite partie d’entre-eux plutôt).— Lionel Top (@lioneltop) May 12, 2020
Ambiance très étrange, voire dérangeante... pic.twitter.com/g91y5hLatJ
"To ensure respect for distances, while taking advantage of recreation, the teaching team drew squares on the ground for the little ones," he wrote. "The children play, dance, jump, laugh together ... but from this square. From what we have seen, they do not view it as a punishment."
Soon, the picture of kids being separated by chalk outline of boxes started going viral on Twitter, with people finding it eerily similar to imagined dystopias.
Primary schools in France have resumed with children having been assigned "play spaces," and this is hands down the most dystopian thing I've ever seen pic.twitter.com/zmKeDHmltd— Austen Allred (@Austen) May 13, 2020
A fan of mine from France just sent me this from an elementary school that recently “reopened”— Seph Lawless (@seph_lawless) May 14, 2020
Children now have been assigned play spaces outside during recess.
This is what American schools will look like if we open them too soon. pic.twitter.com/T2eUoC9rfB
have yall seen these photos from a primary school in france? this is so scary... i feel like we’re living in one of those dystopian movies like divergent or the hunger games pic.twitter.com/WcU861K5ed— becky ! (@softlyeiIish) May 13, 2020
Je ne m’en remets pas.— Laurence De Cock (@laur_dc1) May 12, 2020
Cette image est un crève coeur.
N’appelons pas ça « école » pic.twitter.com/Trlj0jjyVQ
.— TheoGriff in #Estepona 🙋♂️ (@Theo_Griff) May 14, 2020
Primary school in France.
How traumatic is this?
It's like something out of a Wrinkle in Time.— Mahound's Paradise (@MahoundParadise) May 13, 2020
"Children at a primary school in France playing alone in chalk ‘isolation zones’ to maintain social distancing"
From Toby Young at Lockdown Scepticshttps://t.co/J0K4GxOdgi pic.twitter.com/bcOQPmZd2W
As scary and dystopian as it is, it is probably what our futures will look like - until there is a vaccine or coronavirus is eradicated completely.