The southern Swedish city of Lund says it is spreading stinking chicken manure on the grounds of a central park to discourage a public celebration there on Thursday.
It's traditionally a big festive day among Swedish students and youth.
Gustav Lindblad from Lund's environmental committee tells Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan that "we get the opportunity of fertilizing the lawns in the park and, at the same time, it will stink and it may not be so nice to sit and drink beer in the park." The city says up 30,000 people from different parts of Sweden -- mostly students from Lund University -- have in previous years gathered to the Stadspark to celebrate Valborg, a spontaneous fest that marks the arrival of spring for Swedes.
Sweden has maintained relatively relaxed approach to public restrictions amid the coronavirus outbreak. But the government is strongly urging citizens to practice proper social distancing.
Sweden, a nation of 10 million, has confirmed 19,621 coronavirus cases and 2,355 deaths.