As countries around the world start to cautiously reopen, many are reshaping their public spaces to encourage social distancing.
Posted on May 12, 2020, at 12:41 p.m. ET
French bureaucrats stand on social distancing markers in the Gare de l'Est rail station in Paris on May 10 as part of a visit to present safety measures in public transport on the eve of France's easing of lockdown measures.
French school director Delphine Bediou sets up a classroom to mark social distancing measures at an elementary school in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, on May 7.
A deserted classroom set up to maintain social distancing is seen in a private school open to children of health workers and workers on the coronavirus frontline near Nantes in France, on May 4.
School director Juan Carlos Boeck instructs students about social distancing rules at the Petri primary school in Dortmund, Germany, on May 7, as the school reopens for some pupils following the coronavirus lockdown.
Plastic stickers indicate safe social distancing in the metro in Paris.
A woman walks past chairs with stickers marking social distancing at the Saint-Lazare train station in Paris on May 9.
People make use of a new widened pavement to aid social distancing on Camden High Street in London on May 10.
Social distance markers indicate where passengers should queue at Paris's Montparnasse station in preparation for an easing of the coronavirus lockdown, on May 10.
Circles with painted footprints indicate where waiting passengers should stand to respect social distancing on a platform of a tramway station in Nice, France, on May 6.
Social distancing stickers mark off every other seat on a Bangkok train on May 6.
A woman takes part in the first service in the main church of St. Michaelis after the lockdown restrictions were loosened in Hamburg, Germany, on May 10.
The church of San Policarpo in Rome's Tuscolano district uses tape to indicate which seats cannot be occupied, on May 10.
An employee at the closed Royal Museums of Fine Arts sits between social distance markers before its reopening in Brussels on May 7.
Guests are seated 6 feet apart during a National Day of Prayer event in the Rose Garden of the White House, on May 7.
Muslim devotees offer prayers at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque during Ramadan in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on May 8.
People wait in line for food at the ISKCON temple, on May 6 in Noida, India.
Young people stand within chalk circles as they wait to buy bread from a bakery in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on May 8.
People line up on painted circles at a Mercedes car dealership in Brussels on May 6.
A hockey player walks on a designated path on his way to the ice at the Burnaby Winter Club skating rinks on May 7 in Burnaby, Canada.
Yellow stripe is painted in the middle of a pedestrian street to help people comply with social distance guidelines in Aalborg, Denmark, on May 4.
A man walks on a tramway dock in Nantes, France, on May 8, a few days before the lockdown is eased.
Visitors line up following social distancing markers at Shanghai Disney Resort in China on May 11.
Plastic circles on the ground indicate where to stand to respect social distancing at the Gare du Nord train station in Paris on May 5.
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