Physical Distancing Challenge


“Change is good,” I like to say.  Why make such a bold statement?  This declaration resonates with those who have adjusted and embraced new ways of doing things since the Covid-19 (Corona Virus) struck.  Arguably, since the pandemic health crisis broke around the world, normal way of life has been disrupted in areas such as: work, church, school and even play.  I do not need to take a poll to safely say, everyone has been affected by the intruder and have had to make necessary modifications to their lives.

After several weeks of lock-down, stringent monitoring and tracking of the disease’s progress among islanders, the Barbados government has begun to ease restrictions.  The green light for operating respective businesses and services to the general public has been approved.  As limits are eased, the demand for physical distancing remains.  Therefore, lots of changes will first have to be implemented to satisfy this challenge.  One example that is currently facing scrutiny is the education system.  Thrown into this new format not by choice, e-learning has become the new normal for all those in school.

Most classrooms have a minimum of 25 – 30 students in elementary and secondary schools.  Not everyone is equipped to facilitate this new form of at-home study.  Families with multiple children at school ranging in ages may find it difficult focusing and maintaining simultaneous classes/tutoring for their charges.  Teachers, parents and students are at the same learning curve.  Some changes currently being considered, comes with lots of twists, turns, and uncertainties that will, with time, reveal whether they make sense, work well, or meets the needs of the recipients.  One teacher related to me her findings.  She said, “I have all scholars now, whereas before, I knew who were lagging, needed help and who grasped the information taught right away.”  While those in authority look for the best ways to maintain physical distance for pupils and teachers, one of the benefits to come out of this debacle, is that three groups of the social status will become even more technologically savvy.  I dare say, e-learning and online studying will become more mainstream and will be an option to the physical classroom in the future.

In the travel industry, physical distancing is also a new norm across the tourism sector.  Being an experienced traveler, I am interested to see how airlines and cruise ships navigate this turbulent crisis to come out smelling like a rose.  Already, Carnival Cruise Line announced a possible summertime return date to the high seas.  Delta Airlines stated a revised plan of back-to-front passenger boarding in the future.  These indicators and more reveal that travel operators are examining from soup to nuts, how physical distancing will be managed.  Other welcomed changes I would like to see would especially be to areas like long TSA lines, seating and cueing at boarding gates, cabin seating on planes, cruise ship dining and other areas where tourists gather enmasse.  New innovative and creative features and measures will more than likely be employed to allay the fears of the anxious traveler.  It would be remarkably interesting to see what becomes our new normal.

Community Peeps, how long will it be before you actually feel comfortable to take your bespoke vacation?  Is being in lock-down making it a priority to travel as soon as borders reopen?  What suggestions would you give to maintain physical distance as governments reopen businesses in the industry?  Please share your response in the comment box below.

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More times,

Itinerary Planner

6 Comments on “Physical Distancing Challenge

  1. Still all surreal to me, and I am curious to see how the new normal will look like. In my city the lockdown had been eased for certain industries, but only 50% of their staff can go to work. Most companies I know who have people equipped to work from home continue to do so. I can’t wait to go back to my routine – but I don’t know how that will be…Stay safe!

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    • Your comment is insightful and interesting. This is a truly a waiting game. Governments, large and small businesses have to come up with ways to meet the physical distancing need that makes sense and relieve the anxious fears of employees. Technology will play a big part in the new normal. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the matter. I appreciate it.

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    • Ellen, I’m sighing right along with you. It’s going to a while before I feel at ease traveling long or short distances especially on a plane. I want to take a vacation but not one to constantly worry or be in fear that any under-the-weather feelings might be the virus and not simply symptoms of pollen allergies. This is surreal. Love and appreciate your wisdom. Keep on sharing.

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