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The Yukon's hilarious posters are showing Canada how to physical distance

Provincial and municipal governments across the country seem to be having a bit of fun with new notices instructing citizens how to properly socially distance amid the pandemic.

One in particular, from the Government of Yukon, has been getting quite a bit of reaction from the public due to how darn Canadian it is.

The hilarious safety notice asks people to ensure they remain one caribou length apart.

"What does physical distancing look like? (also known as 'social distancing')" the sign states above a graphic of two silhouetted people flanking a full-grown caribou.

"Stay one caribou apart (or 2 metres/6 feet)" it reminds residents, before adding another very important PSA underneath in smaller font: "Note: please stay at least 90 metres/300 feet away from actual caribou."

Caribou, which are only found in the northern parts of North America (though they are technically the same species as reindeer found elsewhere in the world), do indeed range from about 1.6 metres to 2.1 metres in length.

The territory has also released posters using references that are hopefully familiar to locals, suggesting they ensure distances of four ravens, two huskies or eight sourdough loaves apart from each other.

yukon covid"Got a good laugh when I saw this today. Using distances us Canadians can all understand," one resident said in a Reddit thread about the quirky signage.

"Hockey sticks must be in short supply in the Yukon," another said on Twitter, referencing the tool many in the country have been using to measure the requisite two metres apart from one another, in typical Canuck fashion.

yukon covidOther parts of the country have adopted and adapted the idea as well, with residents from coast-to-coast taking to social media to share the extremely Canadian references that governments are employing to remind people what exactly constitutes a safe physical distance these days.

In Winnipeg, it's the length of one adult polar bear:

While in near Vancouver, it's the wingspan of one eagle:

And in Toronto, officials are reminding residents that a proper distance from others is about the length of three Canada geese:

"It's nice to do something that is a COVID-19 message but also makes people smile a little bit," Government of Yukon communications analyst Michael Edwards told the CBC yesterday, adding that he's managed to work other Health and Social Services notices into the signs through the campaign.

yukon covidThough iconic Canadian creatures like the moose and the beaver have yet to make it onto any official signs about physical distancing just yet, it's likely only a matter of time.

Photos by

Government of Yukon


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