An image of a comically altered City of Ottawa sign that’s been circulating on social media has now caught the attention of the lanky comedic giant who inspired it.
The figures on the physical distancing notice have been changed to resemble John Cleese’s character from The Ministry of Silly Walks, a famous Monty Python sketch that dates back 50 years.
The city posted the bilingual signs around parks and playgrounds to remind people to keep a two-metre distance to reduce their exposure to COVID-19. The unaltered signs feature silhouettes of people walking, separated by red arrows marking the desired distance between them.
The doctored sign seen in the image circulating on social media instead shows the silhouette of a bowler-hatted figure carrying a briefcase and brolly, and taking long, silly strides.