Leader, October 2 2020

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Covid concerns on the rise

As coronavirus cases increase nationally, it is perhaps natural that people’s anxiety over precautionary measures being adhered to also increases.

Eva Graham, who voiced her concerns about distancing in Tesco on this week’s front page, stressed that she did not blame the store’s local employees or management, recognising that they had to adhere to Tesco’s national policy, with which her grievances lie.

Tesco told the Courier that the number of people allowed in each store has been limited based on the square footage of the store and that staff can ‘slow the flow of customers into store if needed’, but how can this be monitored if there is not a staff member stationed at the door counting customers in and out?

It does seem strange that we can mingle with so many others as we do our weekly shop, and sit at a table with a friend surrounded by strangers in a café or restaurant but we cannot invite that same friend into our home to sit on our own, a much larger distance away from each other.

While these rules are presumably aimed at large-scale gatherings and house parties, it is a shame that it also penalises sensible people who are choosing to behave responsibly.

The rules are put in place for a reason and for the good of us all, but perhaps they wouldn’t have to be so strict if people could apply some common sense.