Two Belgian friends take on 'social distancing' patrol

(SOUNDBITE) (French) CO-FOUNDERS OF THE 'COVID BOYS,' EDOUARD DE VOS, 27, AND OSCAR BRIOU, 26, SAYING:DE VOS: "Hello, I am Edouard."BRIOU: "Hello, I am Oscar."

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Edouard de Vos and Oscar Briou have reinvented themselves

as unofficial patrolmen of public health

after losing their jobs during Belgium’s lockdown

(SOUNDBITE) (French) CO-FOUNDERS OF THE 'COVID BOYS,' EDOUARD DE VOS, 27, AND OSCAR BRIOU, 26, SAYING, TO PASSERS-BY:

BRIOU: "Sorry to disturb. Please do not forget to wear your masks."

DE VOS "And above the nose. It's compulsory in this area. A big thank you. We'll make it through all together."

PASSER-BY: "Yes, you're right. It's true. Sometimes we do forget."

The two have been disinfecting public surfaces

and encouraging social distancing and mask wearing

(SOUNDBITE) (French) CO-FOUNDER OF THE 'COVID BOYS', EDOUARD DE VOS, SAYING:

"We used to party all the time. We spent the first lockdown drinking and messing around. At one point something happened to us and things became clear. 'That's enough. Where am I? I am at home with a thousand desires: this and that'. But, in reality, we didn't have jobs and we did nothing all day. As simple as that! And at that point, we started organizing ourselves. 'Let's go. We'll come together, buy coveralls, we come together with our sense of humor and youthful energy, and tell people to put on their masks so they don't get fined. We disinfect. We're trying something."

Video Transcript

EDOUARD DE VOS: Hello, I am Edouard.

OSCAR BRIOU: Hello, I'm Oscar.

[NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

OSCAR BRIOU: Sorry to disturb you. Please don't forget to wear your masks.

EDOUARD DE VOS: And about the nose. It's compulsory in this area. A big thank you. We'll make it through all together.

- Yes, you're right. It's true. Sometimes we do forget.

- So you have to try to keep in mind-- [NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]

EDOUARD DE VOS: We used to party all the time. We spent the first lockdown drinking and messing around. At one point, something happened to us, and things became clear. That's enough. Where am I? I'm at home, but with 1,000 desires. This and that, but in reality, we didn't have jobs, and we did nothing all day. As simple as that, and at that point we started organizing ourselves. Let's go. We'll come together, buy coveralls. We'll come together with our sense of humor and youthful energy and tell people to put on their masks so they don't get fined. We disinfect. We're trying something.

[NON-ENGLISH SPEECH]