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Shoppers ignore social distancing in shopping malls

Mark Fletcher
May 17th, 2020 · 6 Comments

It seems that the announcement of easing of some coronavirus related restrictions has given people permission to ignore social distancing. We have refreshed the signs and installed new floor markings yet people walk around as if social distancing is over. We ask for appropriate distance to be maintained and what’s the problem is a response or don’t you want my money.

I’ve heard about this from plenty of retailers over the last few days. Concern is heightened with staff often concerned for their own health.

I’d like to see clearer messaging from government, especially in the light of recent fresh outbreaks.


Category: Social responsibility

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lance // May 17, 2020 at 11:15 AM

    Complacency is going to put COVID right back in front of us and many of the public have no one to blame but themselves.
    But they won’t, it will be the Governments fault…..

    Make sure all your CCTV is operating correctly and directed at possible problem areas.
    Retail ppl should not have to put up with crap from Mr or Mrs Pig Public


  • 2 Jason // May 17, 2020 at 12:43 PM

    If they’re not listening when someone is right there near them to leave at least 2 arm lengths distance between you and anyone else I doubt there is anything Canberra can do to help either…


  • 3 Mark Fletcher // May 17, 2020 at 12:50 PM

    A consistent message from politicians and health experts would be a good start. The messages changed just over a week ago, unfortunately, especially out of Canberra.


  • 4 Graeme Day // May 17, 2020 at 7:40 PM

    too easy to blame somebody else. the individual and those close to the offenders need to look out for their own self.
    If this message didn’t sink in then no repeating and more repeating of it won’t help.
    Australia’s gone broke in the meantime including retailers -big time.


  • 5 Colin // May 17, 2020 at 9:17 PM

    How clear does it have to be.

    It’s on social media, internet, tv , radio. In magazines, newspapers and leaflets. On entrances to government buildings, shops, medical centres, rest homes. It screams loudest from cafes, restaurants, pubs. The silence is deafening in cinemas, nail bars and beauty salons. It’s on answer phones and on every door you try to open.

    The masses are bored, it is yesterday’s news, they played the game and have had enough.

    Give they what the want. But do not open the SA borders.


  • 6 Mark Fletcher // May 18, 2020 at 6:44 AM

    When challenged people have said – the government said they want to get the economy moving. That’s where messaging needs to be adjusted. Media plays a role, especially News Corp. media that have been attacking some state governments and their moves.


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