Bolton Council has launched a new campaign to help stop the spread of coronavirus ­— but it's causing a mixed reaction on social media.

Town hall chiefs have released two comic book-style posters referencing songs by Craig David and Rihanna, calling on residents to get tested, self isolate and maintain social distancing.

People have been sharing their reactions to the deigns on social media ­— and people clearly either love them or hate them.

For some, the posters didn't quite get the message across.

One wrote: "Rather patronising poster for such a serious situation."

Meanwhile Katie Roe said: "Wow talk about cringe."

Mark Denison said: "This is the oddest thing ever put out by the council. Plus I don't even know what it's trying to achieve.

Another wrote: "Are they trying to appeal to children with the Rhianna theme? This post is more Disturbia."

However, others appreciated the links to pop culture, with commenters pointing out the references to the social media app Tik Tok.

Louise Allen saw the funny side, she wrote: "Honestly if random boys could stay 2m away from me at all times, that would be great."

Another commented: "They're a bit cringe, but it's got people talking about the rules, and I guess that's the point at the end of the day."

Sharing the new images on Facebook, Bolton Council said: "If you have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, you must get a test and self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started.

"The main symptoms are: a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

"If someone in your household becomes ill, you must isolate for 14 days.

"When you’re out and about, stay 2m from others.

"You can carry the virus even if you have no symptoms. Keeping apart reduces the risk of you picking it up from someone, passing it on, or bringing it home to your household."

A spokeswoman for Bolton Council said: "We are glad the campaign has caught so many people's attention."

The Council worked alongside young people to create the campaign, which is aimed at that particular group.