EDITORIAL – Kamloops shoppers get a C- on observing pandemic guidelines

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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 opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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3 Comments on EDITORIAL – Kamloops shoppers get a C- on observing pandemic guidelines

  1. Bob Gamble // May 7, 2020 at 8:28 AM // Reply

    Christina and I visited a chain store with “Tire” in its name. We were appalled there was no control limiting the number of customers. We entered the store only to face a wall of people. Staff was talking in small groups along the aisles, customers shoulder to shoulder. Couldn’t get out of there fast enough.

    Self-distancing clearly wasn’t a concern.

    Don’t know if it will help or not but I have a small mailing list for a group I belong to. I will be advising them to stay clear of this store until the pandemic as passed.

  2. I see…people not following good cohabitation rules. Not surprised at all.

  3. Bill Hadgkiss // May 6, 2020 at 11:10 AM // Reply

    As I see it, the mask reduces the spread of c19 during the time that you may be carrying it but there are no indications yet visible or testable. We’ve all been hit by moist speech before c19 came along so just do it.

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