Important Public Etiquette Guidelines

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Important Public Etiquette Guidelines

The Coronavirus pandemic has
completely changed our culture and social environment. Everything from pumping gas to getting groceries has become a stressful endeavor. Many folks may not be fully aware of what all the social expectations currently are. As many states have begun to experience reopenings during this time and we all start to re-enter the world, it’s important to remember a few public etiquette guidelines as we start to establish our current way of living.

I'm not talking of living in fear. You may also feel fully confident to handle a virus of any kind. My hope is to simply exercise a courtesy to those we contact who may be more vulnerable.

Find Out What Your Local Stores and Shops Recommend

Many stores have issued tips and guidelines when it comes to how to shop during the pandemic. Most stores are asking that you practice social distancing and shop 6 feet apart from other customers. Some stores have even established one-way aisles to reduce how many shoppers are passing each other in close proximity. Set up contactless payment on your smartphone like Apple Pay or Samsung Pay in order to minimize handling cash or credit cards.

Take note of these guidelines when you’re getting ready to go shopping and remember to wear a mask and a new pair of gloves for every store you visit. Once you’re done, make sure to properly dispose of anything you used while shopping, such as gloves, wipes, etc, into waste receptacles. If we continue to work together during this unusual time, safety measures can have their maximum effect – particularly for the more susceptible among us.

Here’s a roundup of several stores and what safety measures and guidelines they’ve implemented:




Kroger Family (Food 4 Less, Harris Teeter, Ralphs):

Southeastern Grocers (BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket, and Winn-Dixie):

Albertsons (Safeway, Acme, & Vons):
Dollar General:

Practice Social Distancing 

Even as the country starts to re-open, social distancing and decontaminating should still be part of your everyday routine. The CDC recommends that you come up with a plan to regularly clean your home and any items you bring into it, wear a mask and gloves when in public, and to continue social distancing at this time. Remember that when one person decides not to follow these guidelines, it affects everyone they come into contact with. Be courteous to essential workers and other people who are out and about by familiarizing yourself with and following them. 

Here is what the CDC recommends we do as the country re-opens:

Decontaminate Wherever You Go

Along with wearing gloves and a mask, try to decontaminate things that are frequently touched when you go out. Things like doorknobs, gas pump handles, ATMs, public touchscreens, and faucets should be cleaned off before being touched. If you have some, also carry hand sanitizer as an extra precaution. 

Here’s a great CDC guide on disinfecting:

We're all impacted

We are living in a time that’s scary and confusing for many. The most important thing to remember is that we’re all a team in this. It may seem simple – or you may even be getting annoyed by now. But following CDC Guidelines and continuing to practice social distancing as we start leaving our homes and venturing out more and more will reduce the spread to the more vulnerable among us. 

Written by Josh Elledge - CEO, UpMyInfluence

Josh Elledge is U.S. Navy veteran and launched UpMyInfluence to help entrepreneurs like himself attract the perfect audiences and grow their authority and influence. While growing their better-than-PR agency, UpMyInfluence discovered that building 7-figure B2B Sales Systems (with zero paid advertising) for agencies, consultants, coaches, and other high-ticket B2B service providers is actually what they do better than anyone else on the planet.

UpMyInfluence was the natural outgrowth of his first startup, which has grossed more than $6 million in sales with zero paid ads. He did it all through building authority and serving audiences in the media.

Josh is a weekly TV consumer expert in Orlando, writes a syndicated newspaper column to 1.1 million readers, and regularly appears on more than 75 TV stations across the country. All told, Josh has appeared in the media more than 2500 times.

Josh loves living in Orlando, FL with his wife and three children.


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