It may be getting warmer outside but that doesn’t mean all social distancing rules should be put on hold. Several photos have been posted online that show crowded beaches in Vancouver. But aerial images have emerged that prove perspective is everything and we shouldn’t be so quick to judge.
Near the beginning of the pandemic, Vancouver had a bit of a rough start into the whole social distancing thing.
Photos were posted online that showed people gathering in public spaces, seemingly breaking the rules.
Now that the weather is getting warmer, more people are out and about and during Mothers' Day weekend, it seemed like everyone and their dog was outside enjoying the sun.
Over the weekend, several photos were posted online that showed how crowded the beaches in Vancouver really were.
But apparently, it was all based on perspective.
In a series of photos posted on Twitter by a design company called Space2place, you can see how “crowded” the beaches really were.
“There have been several articles posted this weekend about ‘crowding' of parks and concern that people aren't respecting social distancing,” wrote the first of many tweets.
There have been several articles posted this weekend about "crowding" of parks and concern that people aren't respe… https://t.co/jc93diShgN— space2place (@space2place) 1589172929.0
The company stated that the issue was that the photos being posted lacked context as certain lenses can create optical illusions.
To demonstrate their theory, the company posted a photo taken at Kits beach on Monday, May 11, using a telephoto lens.
The image makes it seem like the beach was densely populated and people were close together.
This photo was taken at Kits Beach today (May 11, 2020) at 6 pm with a focal length of 200mm (a telephoto lens). T… https://t.co/07kr84U4Y0— space2place (@space2place) 1589172930.0
This photo was taken at the same time and location with a 70mm focal length. The beach looks busy but not as densel… https://t.co/TyCpnu5POe— space2place (@space2place) 1589172930.0
As the company used various photo lenses with different focal lengths, the photos began to look as though there were fewer and fewer people on the beach.
To better demonstrate the theory, aerial photos were taken of the same beach.
You can see how few people are actually on the beach and how those who are one the beach seem to be allowing for proper distancing.
This video captures another view of the scene this evening at Kits Beach. 7/ https://t.co/DED7eYbSKx— space2place (@space2place) 1589172933.0
“And when seen from above, the perspective changes again revealing people well spaced across the beach. While there are a few groups larger than they should be, for the most part people are social distancing,” reads the tweet.
But of course, not everyone was following the rules. In fact, rangers gave out nearly 2,000 warnings to people over the weekend.
Social distancing is going to be our new normal for quite some time and it's best we follow the rules to avoid hefty fines.
As B.C. moves into Phase 2 of reopening, we will begin to see local businesses such as restaurants and retail stores open their doors. Though, social distancing measures will be mandated in these places, too.