‘We might be social distancing – but we can still say ‘hello’ to each other’

Letter from: Keith Smith, Trent Road, Worthing

Thursday, 7th May 2020, 2:25 pm
Countryside scenic picture. Steve Robards

So many arrangements are in place to keep us safe from this coronavirus threat and we do well to adhere to them.

I have noticed, though, that the social distancing seems to have introduced an assumption of avoiding any social contact.

My wife and I were taking our daily exercise along the promenade this morning and most folk were keeping the sensible distance as required.

Yet no one seemed to be speaking with one another – eyes fixed forward, downward, upward, anywhere but towards any other person.

When I ventured a ‘good morning’ people seemed to jump as if I had suddenly appeared from space!

I began to become amused by this, so started speaking often; it was fun. Yet some (of our older generation) did respond as if ‘Oh, someone has noticed me. I am a human being’.

Come on, Worthing. Stay safe; keep the right distance, but don’t lose touch with one another.

A smile, a ‘good morning’ means so much.