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Mannequins dressed in creations of local designer sit at the table in a restaurant during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Vilnius, Lithuania May 21, 2020. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins(REUTERS)

Hello doll: Dining dummies help cafe-goers keep a fashionable distance in Vilnius restaurants

Vilnius | By Reuters | Posted by Saumya Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2020 01:45 PM IST
Mannequins dressed in clown hats and couture frocks have taken up seats in restaurants in Lithuania’s capital, to coax real customers back after the coronavirus lockdown and help them out with social distancing.
A special Air India flight carrying 132 passengers from the UK under Vande Bharat Mission arrives at Ahmedabad airport on Sunday.(ANI)
A special Air India flight carrying 132 passengers from the UK under Vande Bharat Mission arrives at Ahmedabad airport on Sunday.(ANI)

‘Does virus know’: SC questions full capacity flights for stranded Indians

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Murali Krishnan | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2020 04:41 PM IST
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde remarked that there should be no distinction between international and domestic flights when it comes to adherence to social distancing norms.
Restaurants around the world are coming up with innovative ways to maintain social distancing amid the pandemic.
Restaurants around the world are coming up with innovative ways to maintain social distancing amid the pandemic.

Pandas, pool noodle hats, human cut-outs in restaurants: Crazy or cool?

Hindustan Times | By Akshay Kaushal
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2020 05:59 PM IST
Eateries and bars are coming up with novel ideas to ensure that guests stay away from each other.
Not being able to meet and date offline, because of Covid-19, has helped shift the focus back to serious relationships.(Unsplash)
Not being able to meet and date offline, because of Covid-19, has helped shift the focus back to serious relationships.(Unsplash)

Romance makes a return amid social distancing

Hindustan Times | By Simran Mangharam
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2020 08:09 PM IST
In the good old days, you could swipe, chat, meet over a drink and get lucky. At a time where people are scared to meet their loved ones and friends, getting intimate with a stranger is too risky.
The stickers have been placed on every second seat, making sure there is enough space between two passengers. (Photo @OfficialDMRC)
The stickers have been placed on every second seat, making sure there is enough space between two passengers. (Photo @OfficialDMRC)

Delhi Metro’s social distancing plan with ‘do not sit here’ stickers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2020 05:52 PM IST
The Metro services will remain shut till the end of this month.
Passengers maintain social distancing while sitting in a DTC bus during the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown, in New Delhi, Tuesday, May 19, 2020.(PTI)
Passengers maintain social distancing while sitting in a DTC bus during the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown, in New Delhi, Tuesday, May 19, 2020.(PTI)

DTC staff to face action for violation of social distancing norms: Delhi transport minister

New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2020 12:37 PM IST
Delhi’s transport minister Kailash Gahlot says that the department is taking all the necessary precautions of social-distancing norms and safety measures like use of sanitisers and masks to check the spread of Covid-19.
Social media influencers could encourage teens to follow social distancing guidelines.(Unsplash)
Social media influencers could encourage teens to follow social distancing guidelines.(Unsplash)

Social media influencers could encourage teens to follow social distancing guidelines

Washington D.C. [USA] | By Asian News International | Posted by Saumya Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2020 06:21 PM IST
Social distancing guidance could be more effective if adolescents are allowed to develop and deliver their own campaigns, focused on changing peer attitudes around the importance of social distancing.
Social distancing comes with a psychological fallout; adversely affects mental health.(Unsplash)
Social distancing comes with a psychological fallout; adversely affects mental health.(Unsplash)

Social distancing comes with a psychological fallout; adversely affects mental health

By Dr Anuneet Sabharwal
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2020 11:38 AM IST
Mental health experts are warning that this quarantine can result in individuals to experience negative emotions that directly harm mental health. This psychological effect could have prolonged effects if such measures are in place for long.
Passengers can book their tickets only through the online portals of IRCTC, the railways said, adding that the maximum advance reservation period of tickets cannot exceed seven days. (Photo by Sant Arora/Hindustan Times)
Passengers can book their tickets only through the online portals of IRCTC, the railways said, adding that the maximum advance reservation period of tickets cannot exceed seven days. (Photo by Sant Arora/Hindustan Times)

Report 90 minutes in advance and other rules as limited trains start tomorrow

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anisha Dutta | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2020 09:35 PM IST
Those travelling are also encouraged to carry their own food, download the Aarogya Setu App for tracking their health parameters and observe social distancing both at the station and on trains, the guidelines said.
Microorganisms living inside and on our body play a crucial role in both the maintenance of our health and the development of the disease.(Unsplash)
Microorganisms living inside and on our body play a crucial role in both the maintenance of our health and the development of the disease.(Unsplash)

Even animals benefit from social distancing to prevent disease

New York | By Indo Asian News Service| Posted by Kabir Bhandari
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2020 06:13 PM IST
Researchers have uncovered fresh evidence about the importance of maintaining physical distance to minimise the spread of microbes among individuals.
As the groups attacked each other with stones and sticks, the police, patrolling to enforce the lockdown, entered the scene, dispersed the agitators and brought the situation under control. (HT Photo)
As the groups attacked each other with stones and sticks, the police, patrolling to enforce the lockdown, entered the scene, dispersed the agitators and brought the situation under control. (HT Photo)

Dispute over social distancing led to clashes in Telangana, 25 held

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2020 03:04 PM IST
Around 200 and 300 policemen and a rapid action force was deployed for preventing untoward incidents. Commercial establishments remained closed on Monday.
Social distancing guide: Bord for En in Sweden is opening its ‘Table for One’, a Covid-19 safe restaurant. Here’s all you need to know(Bord för en/Facebook)
Social distancing guide: Bord for En in Sweden is opening its ‘Table for One’, a Covid-19 safe restaurant. Here’s all you need to know(Bord för en/Facebook)

Social distancing guide: Bord for En in Sweden is opening its ‘Table for One’, a Covid-19 safe restaurant. Here’s all you need to know

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Saumya Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2020 03:23 PM IST
As many restaurants and other recreational spaces have had to pull the shutters down and reassess their business and what they offer to their customers in the era of the coronavirus pandemic, a new dining experience from a couple in Sweden eggs you to look within and learn to enjoy your own company first.
Hand sanitisers are an essential tool in the battle against the Covid-19 disease.(HT PHOTO.)
Hand sanitisers are an essential tool in the battle against the Covid-19 disease.(HT PHOTO.)

Govt bans export of alcohol-based hand sanitisers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2020 07:32 PM IST
Sanitisers are an essential component in the fight against the deadly coronavirus infection and are used as a disinfectant to prevent the spread of the disease.
The minister was addressing the members of Bus and Car Operators Confederation of India through video conferencing. (Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
The minister was addressing the members of Bus and Car Operators Confederation of India through video conferencing. (Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)

Public transport may open soon with some guidelines, says Nitin Gadkari

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2020 05:09 PM IST
Opening of transport and highways will go a long way in instilling confidence among the public, said the minister, adding that public transport may open soon with some guidelines.
The survey factored-in data between April 20th - 26th from an analysis across 10 markets in urban India.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
The survey factored-in data between April 20th - 26th from an analysis across 10 markets in urban India.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Survey reveals over 50% urban Indians maintain social distancing even at home, sleep and eat separately

industan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2020 12:32 PM IST
The survey, conducted in collaboration with experts at Imperial College London, has found that “a large majority of urban Indians (90%) are practising social distancing amid the coronavirus crisis.
Ayandrali Dutta (in white dress) with a neighbour. When her grinder and her fridge broke down one after the other, people in her building came forward with replacements. Elsewhere, neighbours are bartering ingredients, performing live together every evening.(HT Photo)
Ayandrali Dutta (in white dress) with a neighbour. When her grinder and her fridge broke down one after the other, people in her building came forward with replacements. Elsewhere, neighbours are bartering ingredients, performing live together every evening.(HT Photo)

Life in the time of Covid-19: When distancing draws you closer

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Poulomi Banerjee
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2020 08:40 AM IST
Travel and food writer Ayandrali Dutta had been checking in on her elderly neighbours even before the lockdown, and has realised that the concern and care work both ways.
A stranded migrant complained of lack of food and water for them and rued the arbitrary nature of decision making.
A stranded migrant complained of lack of food and water for them and rued the arbitrary nature of decision making.

Thousands of migrants made to wait in Madhya Pradesh as UP shuts border

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Ranjan | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2020 10:04 PM IST
Thousands of labourers have gathered at Johariya village in Datia district on MP-UP border as Uttar Pradesh closed its borders to disallow movement of people.
An NYPD officer was caught violently putting a man to the ground and pointing a gun at him for alleged social distancing violation. The officer has been stripped of his gun and badge.(AP)
An NYPD officer was caught violently putting a man to the ground and pointing a gun at him for alleged social distancing violation. The officer has been stripped of his gun and badge.(AP)

NYPD cop stripped of gun, badge for violently arresting man for social distancing violation

New York | By Associated Press | Posted by: Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2020 06:24 AM IST
Bystander video showed the plainclothes officer, who was not wearing a protective face mask, slapping 33-year-old Donni Wright in the face, punching him in the shoulder and dragging him to a sidewalk after leveling him in a crosswalk in Manhattan’s East Village.
Strict social distancing norms are likely to also be introduced inside planes, though officials and experts are yet to determine how that will be possible.(AP)
Strict social distancing norms are likely to also be introduced inside planes, though officials and experts are yet to determine how that will be possible.(AP)

Social distancing, curbs to mark flight and train travel

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anisha Dutta
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2020 01:47 AM IST
One such SOP, released by the Airports Authority of India recently, suggests that flights are likely to resume at close to a third of their usual capacity, and airport terminals will open with only a few outlets for food and beverages.
The image shows Local New York council member with the newlyweds.(Twitter/@JimmyVanBramer)
The image shows Local New York council member with the newlyweds.(Twitter/@JimmyVanBramer)

Couple proves that love wins by saying ‘I do’ in a COVID-19 safe ceremony

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sanya Budhiraja
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2020 02:25 PM IST
This New York couple said ‘I do’ in a COVID-19 safe and social-distance friendly ceremony, proving that love always wins.
The image shows the monkeys sitting maintaining distance.(Screengrab)
The image shows the monkeys sitting maintaining distance.(Screengrab)

Kiren Rijiju shares pic of monkeys ‘teaching’ a vital lesson. Twitter thinks so too

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Trisha Sengupta
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2020 06:49 PM IST
“Animals can teach us many vital lessons,” Kiren Rijiju tweeted.
A spot check by HT on Monday to congested slum areas like Tadiwala road, Patil Estate, Lakshminagar and Lumbininagar revealed that social distancing is not a realistic expectation here.(Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)
A spot check by HT on Monday to congested slum areas like Tadiwala road, Patil Estate, Lakshminagar and Lumbininagar revealed that social distancing is not a realistic expectation here.(Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)

Social distancing is a luxurious myth in Pune slums

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Shalaka Shinde
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2020 04:45 PM IST
The special police officers (SPOs) appointed by the Pune police are providing support to people living in slums
Seen here is a quarantine centre near Bhubaneswar. (HT photo)
Seen here is a quarantine centre near Bhubaneswar. (HT photo)

Odisha preps for return of 6 lakh migrant workers post-lockdown

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2020 09:39 PM IST
About 6 lakh migrant workers of Odisha have registered with the state government portal for staying in official quarantine after their return.
Kishori Pednekar, the mayor of Mumbai ensured that social distancing norms were adhered to during her visit to the hospital. (Photo : @KishoriPednekar)
Kishori Pednekar, the mayor of Mumbai ensured that social distancing norms were adhered to during her visit to the hospital. (Photo : @KishoriPednekar)

Mumbai mayor visits hospital in nurse’s uniform, encourages health staff

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Sagar Pillai
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2020 05:29 PM IST
Kishori Pednekar, a former nurse, mingled with the hospital’s nursing staff and enquired about the difficulties they are facing while dealing with the pandemic.
Coronavirus update: A woman sits on a ladder installed outside her house, during a nationwide lockdown in India to slow the spread of Covid-19 in Mumbai, India, April 13, 2020.(Reuters file photo)
Coronavirus update: A woman sits on a ladder installed outside her house, during a nationwide lockdown in India to slow the spread of Covid-19 in Mumbai, India, April 13, 2020.(Reuters file photo)

Woman gets threat calls for Facebook comment on social distancing in slums

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Jayprakash S Naidu
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2020 03:09 PM IST
Coronavirus outbreak: Goregaon Police said the woman, who co-owns a start-up, complimented the social activist who uploaded the video, ‘Social distancing a Myth in Slums’.
In his address, Modi underlined the key challenge India was facing — that of balancing lives and livelihood. With economic activity coming to a halt, workers in the unorganised sector are staring at a bleak future and millions of jobs are on the line in the organised sector.(PTI)
In his address, Modi underlined the key challenge India was facing — that of balancing lives and livelihood. With economic activity coming to a halt, workers in the unorganised sector are staring at a bleak future and millions of jobs are on the line in the organised sector.(PTI)

‘Need to strengthen economic activities, combat Covid-19’: PM Modi to CMs

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2020 04:21 PM IST
Modi said areas that are hard hit by the disease will also suffer the maximum impact on the economy front. The Prime Minister said with the restarting of conditional and limited economic activities from April 20, India’s challenges have increased too.
Partha Saha, an YouTuber of Agartala designs motorbike to spread message of social distancing(HT File Photo)
Partha Saha, an YouTuber of Agartala designs motorbike to spread message of social distancing(HT File Photo)

Tripura YouTuber designs motorbike to spread social distancing message

Hindustan Times, Agartala | By Priyanka Deb Barman
PUBLISHED ON APR 26, 2020 08:33 PM IST
Started as a mechanic more than ten years ago, Partha Saha, 39, became a technical instructor and then he become a full-time YouTuber in 2018.
Lisbon zoo animals feel keepers’ love while the people stay home. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Lisbon zoo animals feel keepers’ love while the people stay home. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

Lisbon zoo animals feel keepers’ love while the people stay home

Lisbon | By Reuters
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2020 01:33 PM IST
Though the meerkats and other 2,000 animals at the Lisbon zoo are missing the normal attention from crowds of visitors now stuck at home due to the coronavirus lockdown, keepers are doing their best to provide company and nurture.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with the Sarpanchs from across the country on the occasion of the National Panchayati Raj Divas through video-conferencing in New Delhi on April 24, 2020.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with the Sarpanchs from across the country on the occasion of the National Panchayati Raj Divas through video-conferencing in New Delhi on April 24, 2020.(PTI)

PM Modi lauds villages for ‘do gaj doori’ mantra in social distancing

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2020 08:36 PM IST
Panchayats, along with the women-run Self-Help Groups, have provided key support to the government outreach in vast belts of rural India.
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