A basic acknowledgement:
I wasn’t going to write any more about COVID-19.
I had simply had enough; depressed by reading news and sick of listening to radio and television, with counts of how many people had succumbed to the virus. (None around here, incidentally). BUT….( a little piece of positive commentary):
After a quick visit to the local shopping centre early this morning, I took a little time to be impressed by what we have so quickly become used to.
At the main entrance to the shopping centre there is an automatic hand-sanitiser dispenser. You simply place your hands under a small barrel-shaped container and out squirts just enough sanitiser to carefully rub into both hands.
Once at the entry to the supermarket, there is another slightly different hand sanitiser dispenser, alongside a dispenser of sanitising wipes to use on the trolley handle.
So, even though (like me) you may have already applied sanitiser at home, you are able to add a second or third coat, as it were, to your hands - as well as cleaning/disinfecting the trolley.
There are signs directing customers to keep an appropriate distance from each other, with marks on the floor and airport-like barricades leading to checkouts, where you find a friendly assistant behind a Perspex partition.
So super safe!
Speaking to family members in UK, I was surprised to hear that none of these precautions is available there.
It seems simple enough.
Figures of coronavirus illness and death in the UK are horrendous. Surely a small, manageable safety addition to the shopping experience would be the least authorities could assist with.
Anything - no matter how small - that might help.
So grateful for our shopping centres’ helpfulness for what they are offering — and a shout out to COLES and WOOLWORTHS in Australia.
(And, ALDI also)
PS: But be aware that easing of restrictions has proven to be disastrous in some countries.
Please continue to stay isolated as much as you possibly can.
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