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Swedes use poultry manure to encourage social distancing

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AUTHORITIES in the Swedish town of Lund have spread chicken manure in its central park to discourage people from gathering.

The muck was spread ahead of Walpurgis Night on 30 April, widely celebrated across central and northern Europe with bonfires and parties.

While Sweden has imposed a less strict lockdown than most other countries, celebrating Walpurgis Night was discouraged – but not banned – this year as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus.

‘Stink’

“Lund could very well become an epicentre for the spread of the coronavirus on the last night in April, [so] I think it was a good initiative,” the chairman of the local council’s environment committee, Gustav Lundblad said, according to the Guardian.

“We get the opportunity to fertilise the lawns, and at the same time, it will stink and so it may not be so nice to sit and drink beer in the park.

“I am not a fertiliser expert, but as I understand it, it is clear that it might smell a bit outside the park as well.

“These are chicken droppings, after all. I cannot guarantee that the rest of the city will be odourless. But the point is to keep people out of the city park.”

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