Swedish town spread chicken manure in park to deter public Walpurgis Night celebration

Swedish town spread chicken manure in park to deter public Walpurgis Night celebration

[Ed. – A different problem, perhaps, from that of Southern Europe, where the parks are ankle-deep in pigeon droppings by now – which doesn’t really seem to deter anyone from anything.  All the charming and delightful “Life with COVID” stories, coming out of the woodwork.  Are you not entertained?]

A town in southern Sweden has turned to a traditional source to try to prevent the coronavirus spreading during an annual festive event on Thursday: chicken manure.

The university town of Lund began spreading chicken droppings in its central park to put off would-be revelers who would usually come on April 30 to celebrate Walpurgis Night.

The occasion, marking the shift away from dark, chilly winter days towards brighter spring and summer days, is typically celebrated with picnics, parties and bonfires across the country, and regularly attracts thousands of students.

“This is a park where usually 30,000 people gather, but with COVID-19 this is now unthinkable,” the town’s mayor, Philip Sandberg, told Reuters.

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