If you've noticed some unusual signs around the capital recently, you’re not the only one! Ottawa’s social distancing signs have recently had a hilarious (and unofficial) update, and it has captured the attention of people around the world. The ridiculous new notice has been popping up all over the internet, and you’re missing out if you haven’t seen it yet.
One local resident is proving that they have a pretty good sense of humour, by altering some of Ottawa's newest social distancing signs around the city.
The original notices, which have been put up in public spaces, are there to remind Ottawans to practice safe social distancing, by staying at least two metres away from others at all times.
While the Canadian Government used hockey sticks as an example of how far away you should be from one another, one local has used a Monty Python-inspired series of images to get the message across, and the signs are proving to be pretty popular on social media.
The figures on the notice have been altered to look like somebody from The Ministry of Silly Walks, an iconic Monty Python skit in which characters walk in several ridiculous ways.
Within a week of the new notices popping up around the city, residents have taken to Twitter to discuss them, and one very famous British actor has also spoken out about them.
If you haven't seen the capital's ridiculous sign update yet, you're in for a treat!
Ok this is awesome. My bro just sent me this photo of city of Ottawa sign #ottawa #SocialDistancing https://t.co/VMPPGNU4Ak— Jason Pither (@Jason Pither)1586397049.0
It’s possible there is a Monty Python fan working in the sign department in Ottawa. Carry on, I say. 😆❤️ https://t.co/zDsoPDf2BT— Amarie (@Amarie)1586283149.0
@JohnCleese I spy a Cleese fan working at the signage dept. in the city of Ottawa, ON, Canada! 😂 https://t.co/uRsgrFKCPY— Wynne Palmer (@Wynne Palmer)1586206704.0
While the internet initially believed that the signs were genuinely from the City of Ottawa, a spokesperson for the city told Narcity that this was, sadly, not the case.
“We have to admit that we don’t know where *this* version came from,” they explained. “Truth be told, we haven’t seen the Monty Python inspired signs in-person and cannot confirm or deny whether they might be a digital facsimile.”
Their message continued, “However, we are pleased this creative take on our City signage has brought a smile to a lot of faces and a reminder of the importance of physical distancing!”
We love this #Pythoninspired #covid19 #socialdistancing guidelines sign. Have you seen any other #pythoninspired si… https://t.co/SwhEXSgzYc— Monty Python (@Monty Python)1586356517.0
While the silly sign was sadly not the official work of Ottawa City, it seems one very famous Monty Python star is a big fan.
Taking to Twitter, the British TV show’s star and co-founder wrote, “In a park in Ottawa (Probably Canada, although there’s no ’Sorry’ at the end).”
His post had more than 20,000 likes.
Responding to John Cleese, the city tweeted, “#OttCity won't apologize for following The Ministry of Silly Walks recommendation that if someone is less than 2 metres from you "Run away, run away" and do so at the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.”
@JohnCleese #OttCity won't apologize for following The Ministry of Silly Walks recommendation that if someone is le… https://t.co/92ksD2QLUF— City of Ottawa (@City of Ottawa)1586448969.0
John Cleese has seen the Ottawa silly walk signs! Who says Ottawa is boring and doesn’t have a sense of humour? https://t.co/Ilu5FO2dvS— Kristi (@Kristi)1586401869.0
Even the mayor got involved in the fun, saying on Thursday, "It's great to see residents having fun while raising awareness about physical distancing in Ottawa.”
“I appreciate John Cleese's sense of humour and I'm grateful that he is showing his support for the campaign. Since we didn't get his permission to use this iconic image, as a good Canadian, I have to say sorry!"