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Barcelona creates a digital book to remember Covid-19

Anyone can contribute with their personal stories of life under quarantine

  • April 21, 2020 17:30
  • Author Aseniya Dimitrova
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Source: City Council of Barcelona

The coronavirus pandemic has caused unprecedented changes in the lives of almost everyone. Literary all aspects of our daily living have suffered alterations. And while we are still learning how to adapt to the new circumstances, there are cities that think one step ahead, namely – how will we remember this once-in-a-lifetime experience once it is behind us.

A collective recollection of the coronavirus

One of them is Barcelona, who launched an online initiative to collect testimonials of life under quarantine and in general – about how locals are dealing with the situation. “BARCELONA RECORDA” (translated as Barcelona recalls) is a sort of a virtual book of collective memories and condolences.

It offers citizens a free online space in which to share their experiences during the coronavirus lockdown. Furthermore, visitors can also express their gratitude to the front-line workers who prevent the crisis from turning into a catastrophe.

This can be done in the form of a written message, image or video. All personal stories, memories of the loved ones who have been lost due to COVID-19, messages of condolence and farewell, and expressions of support and hope are accepted.

There are dozens of ways to contribute to the portal. This measure is also a good example of how to keep citizens involved in a social activity, albeit virtual, and strengthen their sense of community.

The web page Barcelona Recorda is available in Catalan, Spanish and English and the testimonials can be submitted online or via post, so there are many possibilities to leave your personal mark for the times after the crisis.

Online support for residents of Barcelona

The city authorities would also like to remind that emotional support is offered to them in the times government-enforces social isolation. There is a hotline accessible to the general public at +34 649 756 713 from 9 am to 8 pm, Monday to Sunday free of charge.

If you are having trouble adapting to the new circumstances or need someone to talk to, be sure to call the dedicated number and make sure to #stayhome.

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