A man has ingeniously created a special way of giving his relatives a much-needed hug during the Coronavirus pandemic as distancing measures are enforced the world over.
Antony Cauvin, 29, from Stratford-upon-Avon, who works as a plasterer, created a ‘cuddle’ curtain with arms so he could hug his grandmother who he had missed giving a cuddle after spending months apart because of the pandemic.
The ‘Cuddle Curtain’ created by Cauvin uses a see-through curtain fitted with long safety sleeves on either side in order that two people can stand opposite each other and embrace with none skin-to-skin or breath contact.
Cauvin said he tested the curtain together with his wife Miriam before taking it to his grandparents’ house and fixing it in their garden. ‘We giggled about it but thought, “this could actually work”,’ he told Sky News.
His wife Miriam filmed the adorable moment he and grandma Lily finally hugged again – with their video now shared on Facebook more than 162,000 times with many views.
The footage captures Lily’s delight when she hugged her grandson for the very first time in months with no fear of spreading germs.
Cauvin says the sleeves and also the curtain itself are disinfected after each hug in order that someone else can use it.
Cauvin has now left it in his grandparents’ garden in order that their seven other grandchildren and three great-grandchildren can come along for their own cuddles.
Antony Cauvin said to Sky News. ‘But we were also giggling that much, simply because it seemed such a far-fetched and bonkers idea. We never touched any part of Grannan in the least – I’m a believer in social distancing and don’t want to place anyone in danger .’ He told Sky News he hopes his invention won’t be a long-term fixture, adding: ‘Hopefully if we discover a vaccine for this horrible disease, it won’t have to last.’
Watch the video below.