Features Magazine News Volume 69, Issue 8

Social Distancing Within Enterprise: Student Point of View

by Ally Hoogs

Graphic by Luke Theodossy

In a recently conducted poll of 100 Las Lomas students, 78% of people agreed with the idea of store entry limitations and the upholding of social distancing orders amidst the current quarantine. 17% were indifferent and 6% were unhappy with the order. 

One of the main issues that respondents complained about was that it is a hassle to wait in a line for an extended period of time. Junior Sara Long said,“[I have] to wait in line to get into a store which is not something I’m used to but I understand and would rather have it this way than let everyone in at once.”

Sophomore Aya Banaja commented that it “takes a longer time to get grocery shopping done, but it keeps us safe” in a time of intense fear of contracting the virus from others. 

Senior Max Hess described an interaction his family member had as “the general unraveling of civil society. When each individual is induced to fear any interaction with the other, any interactions which do occur become hostile and depersonalized…this effect has been amplified recently due to the rules now in place.” But he also mentioned that with the chaos, “these health precautions are too important to forego.”

When asked if he would change anything about the implementation of the social distancing measure inside stores, Hess said that he believes “each store manager knows best what is necessary to protect their establishment against contagion.”

The CDC wrote in one of their reports that “Employers should work with their local and state health departments to ensure appropriate local protocols and guidelines,” including educating staff, and adhering to “OSHA’s standards on Bloodborne Pathogens (29 CFR 1910.1030external icon)” which was given by the CDC. 

The Sanfrancisco county and city government (Sf.gov) gave out a report that explains how employers can adhere to certain guidelines to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections via the workplace. They require contactless pay options, reduced staff, and having a place for staff and customers to sanitize their hands. Businesses are also required to limit the number of people in their workplaces, require all workers and customers wear a protective mask, and help customers and staff adhere to social distancing protocols, including staying six feet apart at all times. 

Despite a few regulations, it is up to the workers and establishment on how they would enact any change in how they are going about the prevention of COVID-19. All businesses that are to remain open are expected and required to adhere to as many regulations set out as possible, to ensure the safety of staff and customers, but it is up to them to provide a specific plan for their business that covers all of the necessary protection procedures outlined by the CDC and their local government. 

Although businesses might have not found or implemented the most efficient way currently, it is still important to Las Lomas students that establishments help keep the Walnut Creek community safe and healthy while the situation is still in the midst of being contained.