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LETTER: Come on, my elder peers, do the social distance challenge


Physical or “social distancing” is mandatory these days.

The other day I witnessed the worst case scenario when a white-haired grandmother towing in hand her grandchild, came up to a clerk at our local store and hugged her from the side. Embarrassed with an armful of goods, the employee didn’t say anything. I urge employees and citizens to be polite and even smile but educate people who don’t seem to get the news.

My heart doesnt ooze with empathy for our Hope residents who simply must travel to shop in the big box stores in the Valley. They don’t get it either.

This epidemic is not going to stop anytime soon. We can slow it down by self isolating and practicing the distance challenge. Furthermore, Wuhan’s citizens in the epicentre of the virus in China cleared it up collectively by following these rules. As Buy Low’s manager has written on a big sign at the door, ‘We are all in this together.’

I hope the lack of discipline I am seeing among my elder peers as well as younger people doesn’t lead to emergency measures and if it does, the Walmart and Superstore fans can blame themselves for that petri dish of virus among crowds that caused it.

Ruth Renwick

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