Social Cues To Follow When You Go Out During This Pandemic
Most of us have begun venturing out of our homes to get on with our lives. But the truth is that things are far from normal yet and that can be easily seen during our day to day interactions with another.
It is more complicated than ever to interact with people in every setting and it is important that we find a way to embrace it while respecting everyone’s boundaries. The same way we have finally ingrained the 20 seconds to wash our hands, sanitizers, and a six feet distance into our brains, we also need to follow a set of new rules every time we leave the confines of our houses.
So, what are these new social norms that we should follow? We have a complete breakdown for you.
Safety Is Paramount
No matter where you are, in whatever situation you are, safety comes before any etiquette that may come into play. This does not mean you become a mean person and toss out all respect and consideration. What I do, however, mean is that you need to redefine what is considered polite or acceptable.
We all know what social distancing is by now. People have now begun to use physical distancing as that helps make this feel like a less isolated situation. The goal is simple, you need to maintain a 6ft distance from people you do not live with.
So, if you are navigating a shopping aisle or an elevator, be vocal about your discomfort. It is not always easy as some people are still in denial about the existence of the pandemic. So, if you can find a manager, usher, host, or flight attended to help you with the situation, take their help.
Just ask once and if they don’t move, come back later. Your happiness and health are both in your hands.
Follow The Arrows
Every time you go to a grocery store or any other shop, follow the guidance of arrows and directions within the store, these are not things that are worth fighting over. If you see a place is too crowded, move and put your safety first.
When you are in a public outdoor space, it is important to follow the distancing guides that have been put in place. This includes marked lounges, workout areas, or arrows creating the flow of traffic.
Cover your mouth when you cough, sneeze, sing or yell in any direction. It might be comparatively safe but it is never foolproof. Create distances on the sidewalks, trails, and paths when you walk on them. Always aim for a 6ft distance.
If someone is coming from the other direction and it is easier for you to move off the path, do it. Especially give way to people using a mobility aid, with pets or children, or pushing a baby carriage. Do this early so that the other person does not even have to think about it.
This is one thing that continues to be an awkward undertaking. So anything that involves touching is still out of bounds, this involves hugs, handshakes, high fives, or fist bumps.
What you can do is perfect your wave and use your voice to match the occasion in question.
People should have adopted this by now, but now there is still divisiveness around this topic. If you combine physical distancing with wearing a mask, you are protecting yourself greatly against the risk of spread.
All you can do is wear one and get used to the fact that there are not going to be any facial cues for you to work on for a while. Smiling, communicating with your eyes, and hand gestures are your best bet if you want to connect or communicate with someone.
Also, Go Vote!
Now, we are in the middle of a pandemic and if you haven’t figured it out your local government is who you can count on to help you. All other kinds are out of the question as we have all gauged how ineffective our federal government has been thus far.
All these cues won’t mean a thing if our authorities don’t come up with an action plan. So. depending on where you live make your way to the election. Local elections like the one for Irvine city council, allows you to choose who you want in charge of your health and safety in the times to come.
In the meantime learn the new social cues for your safety.