Keep Your Distance!

The virus hasn’t gone away. But we have started to behave as if it had. So here’s a reminder or two.

Rule 1 – Stay Home

If you don’t have to go out, then don’t. Don’t shop. Have groceries delivered. Buy stuff online.

Rule 2 – Work from Home

If you can work from home, insist on it. That way you don’t have to get on buses and trains, and you don’t clog the roads and pollute the air.

If you must work in an office, this is how you do it

Rule 3 – Avoid enclosed spaces

This means trains, planes, busses, ferries, ships, offices, churches, stores, malls, gyms, pubs, clubs: anywhere where you stay indoors with a number of people for a period of time.

It’s OK just to dash in and out, so you’re not in an enclosed space for more than five or ten minutes. Don’t dawdle, don’t window shop, don’t browse.

Outdoors is safer than indoors – if you keep far enough apart

Rule 4 – Avoid crowds

You catch this thing by breathing other people’s air. If you’re standing around among other people, the longer you’re there, the more virus particles you’re exposed. if you enter any place and it’s not possible to sit or stand at least two metres away from anyone else, leave at once.

Keep your distance – and keep outdoors – at the pub

Rule 5 – Wear a mask

Some say do, some say don’t. But there’s good evidence that a mask – any mask – reduces your chances of passing your bugs onto other people. And you can have this bug without knowing it. And while it might only give you a sniffle, it might give the person next to you a death sentence. So wear a mask.

If you don^^$#@t like masks, find other ways to avoid breathing other peoples air

Rule 6 – Keep moving and/or keep your distance

You can have a protest in the street, so long as you maintain as much distance between one another as possible, wear a mask, and keep moving!

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)