An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
SHOPPING IN KAMLOOPS these days takes patience, determination and a dash of courage.
The degree to which stores and shoppers follow anti-COVID-19 guidelines varies tremendously from one place to another. Many stores are still closed, of course, but grocery stores, building supply stores, liquor stores, fast food drive-thrus and agricultural stores remain open.
Garden-supply outlets are also open for the new growing season.
Many of them now use plexiglass shields at cash registers but some don’t. Many proclaim limits on the number of shoppers allowed into a store at one time, but not all enforce it.
Most use professionally made floor patches as physical-distancing reminders while others make due with pieces of tape as markers. But these measures seem pointless if some are followed and some not.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.