Don’t Throw The Baby Out With The Hand Sanitizer


Let’s assume for the moment that eventually things will get back to the way they were before the Novel Coronavirus wreaked havoc on the world. Not the ‘new’ normal we keep hearing about, but the good old days. I think it’s paramount that we consider some of the changes we have been living with for the past several months, and perhaps maintain some of them when this is over and done. Let’s not throw out the baby with the hand sanitizer, if you will.

The Flat Earthers (I understand they have followers around the world), Anti-Vaxxers, Anti-Maskers and, Pandemic deniers would have us believe there is no virus at all. Instead, they profess that the whole thing is a hoax, a means to train us so we can be controlled by, well, they never really say who ‘they’ are. Regardless, I would like to take this opportunity to write to ‘them’, the infamous future powers to be and ask that once they take over, they keep some of the elements of coping with the pandemic with which they have been training us.

The Flat Earthers (I understand they have followers around the world), Anti-Vaxxers, Anti-Maskers and, Pandemic deniers would have us believe there is no virus at all.

First, I have long suggested that sidewalks, supermarket aisles, and most walkways be equipped with a line down the middle to facilitate the steady flow of people. Much like roads, walkers should keep to the right, except for passing. I suspect we have all had the frustrating experience of being stuck behind folks leisurely ambling along, gazing up at the sky, while we are in a hurry. Indeed, if we ever get back to having crowded sidewalks, radio stations could provide sidewalk traffic reports on the quarter-hour; “… avoid XYZ Street eastbound between 123 and Union as a larger than usual group of tourists is taking photos of the Cathedral. ABC Street to the south offers a viable alternative”.

During the period of confinement, many municipalities have wisely turned a blind eye to the public consumption of alcohol. With bars and restaurants closed or operating at a significantly reduced capacity, many people have rediscovered the enjoyment of a cold beer or glass of wine, all the while observing physical distancing, on a lovely summer day in a public park. 

Assuming one is not inebriated, there is no reason why this practice cannot continue in a post-confinement world. Responsible adults should be allowed to consume a drink or two in public without being fined, as stated by the law. 

In the early days of the pandemic, while allowing folks to assemble, under strict rules, to have a few beverages, the public bathrooms in most parks continued, for health reasons, to be locked. This combination was nothing short of diabolical

However, there is one caveat to this. In the early days of the pandemic, while allowing folks to assemble, under strict rules, to have a few beverages, the public bathrooms in most parks continued, for health reasons, to be locked. This combination was nothing short of diabolical. A bunch of people, in particular those of us of a certain age, with full bladders arriving at a locked public bathroom, only lead to another infraction: dancing. If the authorities didn’t nail us for drinking in public, they could have run us in for either public urinating or dancing!

So when Mr. Gates takes over at the helm, I hope he will consider the silver-linings that have been brought to light by the pandemic. 

Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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