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ED: Can’t afford to be careless

  • Published at 12:42 am May 30th, 2020
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Despite directives to maintain social distancing in shops, people were seen to be gathered in enclosed spaces

With the government’s decision to lift the countrywide shutdown on May 31 comes the fear, and rightfully so, of the virus infection rate increasing beyond what we can control.

However, the Health Ministry’s 13-point health guidelines for offices are welcome, which has made certain precautions to be taken mandatory, such as that of wearing masks at all times when outside, maintaining social distance, and disinfecting office spaces.

While these directives are all fine and good, what is more important is these are strictly implemented and followed, and that there is no laxity when it comes to maintaining these health guidelines.

The threat of the coronavirus is indeed a very real one, and any individual seen to be seen not following the guidelines should be warned and reprimanded.

As we have seen before Eid, despite directives to maintain social distancing in shops, people were seen to be gathered in enclosed spaces with little to no precautions taken -- and we cannot afford to repeat the same mistakes this time round.

A significant part of the responsibility is on the public as well, and we as citizens must remain vigilant and follow these directives to ensure that a bad situation is not made worse.

It must be made aware that even a single individual’s carelessness can lead to a community to become infected and that sort of negligence is not something we can afford to tolerate at this point.