Probably the most significant event to take place this century, COVID-19 has not only impacted billions of lives around the world, but our behaviour, too.
Debrett’s have been comparing the ‘new’ etiquette with that of only a month ago. Some of the changes are arguably for the better, we cannot help feeling nostalgic for the good old days. Recently, Debrett’s (who know more than a thing or two about etiquette) published the following:
|Old Etiquette||New Etiquette|
|The double-kiss||The distant wave|
|Crossing the street to greet a neighbour||Crossing the street to avoid a neighbour|
|Calling once a week for a catch-up||Calling once a day to check in|
|Giving up your seat on public transport||Giving up public transport|
|“I hope you are well”||“I hope you and your family are safe and well”|
|“Kind regards”||“Take care”|
|Traveling to the other side of world for a meeting||Changing your virtual background on Zoom|
|Dress down Friday||Dress down everyday|
Debrett’s have published some more on etiquette: whether we’re shopping, exercising, or out and about in public, we can all keep calm and courteous by remembering a few basic principles:
1.) Make way for others: particularly wheelchair users, the elderly or infirm, and those with buggies or small children.
2.) Exercise (with caution): if you’re out jogging or cycling, the onus is on you to give others enough space.
3.) Be patient when confronted with queues or other people browsing.
4.) Say thank you: to anyone who makes way for you – as well as to shop staff, of course.