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Social Distancing - Stay Away

By Ashleylister @ashleylister
I'm away from home, in my 'happy place' and I can't imagine a better place to be isolated. We traveled before the current restrictions and hope we can get home again as planned. We are taking our situation one day at a time.
Social distancing is taken very seriously. Streets are quiet as people stay in more than usual. Shops are allowing only two customers inside at a time and floor markings are in place to remind us what safe spacing is. People are half-hidden behind scarves or medical face masks. I'm reassured by all measures being taken and, of course, include myself.  Staff remain friendly and helpful. No one is offended by requests to pay 'contactless' or by staff sanitizing their hands after taking cash. Necessary safe-guards, in place and working well.
It wasn't like this at home before we left, at least not in town. It may be different now, but not everyone was taking notice of social distancing which made it a wasted effort for those like me trying to maintain space. Stock-piling had created shortages and made shopping for essentials harder for everyone. Tempers were frayed. I hope it isn't the same when we return.
At work, a member of the public shouted at me and accused me of not listening when I was doing my best to hear him across a two meter distance,  with a telephone ringing and a patient being called over the Tannoy.
The situation is bringing out the best and the worst in people. I hope that there is more of the best and social distancing has the desired effect to keep us safe.
I apologize for the lack of a photo or illustration. I can't access wifi, just managing on my mobile. Here's a haiku,
Keep your distance, please.
I'm in my personal space,
You must stay in yours.
Thanks for reading, keep safe, Pam x
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