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A little etiquette

John Circosta, Brunswick Heads

Time to update official government information re physical/social distancing. Currently, the official diagram shows two individuals 1.5 metres apart. However, many people walk, shop, and exercise in couples or in small family groups.

It’s disturbing how often couples walk hand-in-hand or side-by-side down a narrow pathway or shopping isle and are oblivious to the amount of space they are taking up. It is impossible to maintain 1.5m distance from couples who refuse to ‘disengage’. The solution is simple, yet many don’t get it – switch to ‘single file’.

Queuing is another area requiring clarification. Yes, most generally keep to the 1.5m rule, but many do so by standing in the middle of footpaths and in doorways and make it difficult to enter or leave. The ‘corona shuffle’ may be amusing to watch, but not so funny for people trying to keep a safe distance.

It’s been over a month and some people haven’t changed their behaviour. Common sense hasn’t prevailed. Just spend five minutes in a supermarket, join a queue for takeaway coffee or use the footbridge. The attitudes/behaviours can range from righteous indignation through to blissful ignorance. Government information needs to ‘get real’.


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