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The Good Manners Of Social Distancing


WELCOME BACK, WE HAVE MOVED OUTSIDE HERE ON PITTSBURGH TODAY LIVE, WE HAVE A SPECIAL GUEST WITH US. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING . THE REASON WE’RE DOING THIS, OBVIOUSLY IS BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS. BUT ARE ETIQUETTE EXPERT, LIZ AQUINO, IS HERE, WE WANTED TO DEMONSTRATE WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING OUT IN PUBLIC NOW WHENEVER YOU ARE MEETING PEOPLE. YOU WANT TO KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE . REALLY YOU GET IN A STICKY SITUATION, THE MATTERS THAT THIS . THIS IS A NEW TERRITORY FOR ALL OF US. WE ARE A VERY TACTILE COUNTRY, OUR GREETINGS AND GOODBYES TEND TO BE HUGS OR HANDSHAKES. LIKE ANY NEW HABIT THIS IS GOING TO TAKE A WHILE FOR US TO GET USED TO. MY BEST RECOMMENDATION IS A WAVE, SMILE, EYE CONTACT SAYING I AM HAPPY TO SEE YOU. THAT WAY WE CAN STILL KEEP HER SOCIAL DISTANCE AND STILL CONVEY THAT I AM WELCOMING, I AM FRIENDLY BUT I AM NOT INVADING YOUR SPACE . A WEEK AGO I MIGHT’VE SAID LET’S DO THE ELBOW TOUCH, THE TOE TAP BUT EVEN NOW THEY CAN SEEM INTRUSIVE FOR THOSE PEOPLE PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING . I MUST AT THIS POINT, IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND, THEN YOU ARE THE ONE THAT HAS BAD MANNERS BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT BEING COURTEOUS TO PEOPLE WHO ARE FOLLOWING THE RULES . I SOMEBODY DOES EXTEND THEIR HAND TO YOU, DON’T AUTOMATICALLY RECOIL AND SAY THERE’S SO IRRESPONSIBLE. IT IS PROBABLY JUST A HABITUAL THING, THEY ARE SO USED TO IT. YOU CAN SAY TO THEM I AM AVOIDING CONTACT NOW, IT IS REALLY GREAT TO SEE YOU. THEY WILL SAY OH MY GOSH, I AM SO SORRY. HOW TO BE POLITE WHEN SOMEONE IS COUGHING OR SNEEZING, NOT SNEEZING INTO THEIR ELBOW, THEY ARE NEAR YOU, YOU JUST WANT TO GET AWAY FROM THEM . WHAT DO YOU SAY TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO HAVE BETTER BEHAVIOR ? LET’S SAY WE ARE IN THE GROCERY STORE LINE, THAT’S REALLY THE ONLY PLACE OPEN NOW . IF WE HAVE A TISSUE OR HAND SANITIZER, OFFER THAT TO THEM. IF WE DON’T, JUST MOVED TO ANOTHER LINE, DO NOT START AN ARGUMENT . PEOPLE ARE VERY TENSE ALREADY. WE ARE HIGH ANXIETY TIME, A LOT OF AMBIGUITY, WE DON’T WANT TO FURTHER THAT AND BLOW IT OUT OF PROPORTION. IF WE ARE APPROACHED, MAYBE I HAVE SEASONAL ALLERGIES AND I AM IN A GROCERY STORE LINE COUGHING OR SNEEZING AND SOMEONE GLARES AT US OR SAYS SOMETHING UNKIND . I CAN SIMPLY SAY I JUST HAVE SEASONAL ALLERGIES, THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONCERN. LEAN TOWARD THEIR CARING NATURE OF THEIR COMMENT RATHER THAN GRIEVANCE . WE ARE HEARING STORIES ABOUT PEOPLE WHO ARE SCARED BUT THEY ARE BUYING 10 HAND SANITIZER’S, ALL THE BLEACH WIPES THAT ARE THERE, THAT SORT OF SPEAKS TO MATTERS BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT BEING KIND TO YOUR FELLOW MAN, ARE YOU ? WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. I HEARD YOU SAY THAT ON FRIDAY, YOU ARE TELLING THE AUDIENCE, HOW WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER . TAKE TWO OR THREE ITEMS, WE DON’T NEED TO HOARD, SHOPPING DOESN’T NEED TO TURN INTO A BLACK FRIDAY SCRUM, JUST GO WITH THE PHILOSOPHY YOU CAN COME BACK IN A DAY OR TWO AND GET THE ITEM THAT I NEED . THE WHOLE SOCIAL DISTANCING THING TO TAKE THE CARE TO DO IT IS REALLY THINKING ABOUT YOUR FELLOW MAN, ALSO . ABSOLUTELY . THANK YOU SO MUCH, LIZ AQUINO, HELPING US NAVIGATE. IT IS UNHEARD OF WHAT WE ARE GOING THROUGH. AT LEAST IN OUR LIFETIME . MY PLEASURE, THANK YOU . THE GOOD MANNERS GROUP, ALWAYS GOOD ADVICE AND WE

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