Inter Miami changes crest to promote social distancing during coronavirus pandemic

David Beckham's MLS franchise Inter Miami has changed its crest to help promote social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, with the two white herons on the badge now separated.

The herons on the club's normal badge are interlocked to represent "unity in our community" but they have been temporarily moved apart.

"COVID-19 has stopped the world in its tracks and as a result it has never been more important to heed the advice and direction of the authorities to stand for unity and participation in social distancing," said Inter Miami CF VP of Community Engagement Chris Allan in a statement. "Inter Miami CF wants to leverage the reach of our club, players and ownership group to amplify and share this message with those who follow us in South Florida and around the world."

New MLS franchise Inter Miami lost its first two MLS games of the season to LAFC and D.C. United and had its much-anticipated home opener against LA Galaxy on March 14 postponed just two days before it was due to kick off.

"We were 48 hours from kickoff, expecting a full house, and there was a lot of excitement," said Inter Miami co-owner Jorge Mas said in a news conference. "That won't change. It will just will be on different day and date."

The league has announced the suspension of all games until at least May 10.

"MLS remains focused on playing the entire 2020 season and is evaluating all options, including pushing back the end of the season and playing MLS Cup in December, as the league did prior to the 2019 season. The league is also identifying other available dates," the league said in a statement.

Inter Miami isn't the only club to change its crest during the current crisis.

Uruguayan giant Penarol also made an adjustment, reducing the usual 11 stars at the top of the badge to just one.

"In this moment we have to be one," the club explained on its social networks. "That's why during this time we've decided to change the crest with 11 stars for one historic one in which the lone star shelters and guides us all."

Peru's Club Deportivo Municipal changed it's badge to include two hands embraced at the bottom, promoting the idea that people should be washing their hands regularly.