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EDITORIAL: Cheers & Jeers April 6

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Cheers: to Mondays. Wait — for those now working at home, is it Monday? Tuesday? Does it even matter? Should we get out of our pyjamas? To be safe, let’s not make any rash decisions until we’ve gotten a little bit of coffee into ourselves. And to those who are still out there in essential jobs and know full well what day it is, thank you — you’re the only thing bringing even a speck of normalcy to the upside-down world.

Cheers: to good works in hard times. It’s not the best time in this province for automobile sales — far from it. With people sequestered in their homes and stores mostly limited to essential services, and with many worried about where their next paycheque (or any cheque) is coming from, not many shiny new vehicles are making their way off dealers’ lots and onto the roads in this province. Even so, the Automobile Dealers of Newfoundland and Labrador got together and found $20,000 to donate to the province’s food banks. It’s money that will be well spent. Well done.

Cheers: to a bigger tap. Visa and Mastercard have said they will be increasing the amount you can pay with a tap of your credit card to $250 from $100. (It’s not necessarily in place yet, but it’s coming.) The move is being made to allow more customers to use the tap feature, instead of having to use keypads to key in PIN codes. The PIN pads are seen as a possible way to transmit COVID-19, and many retailers have moved away from them. But with the tap feature limited to $100, it meant the possibility of some customers having to make additional, unnecessary trips out of their homes. Every trip prevented is a step towards flattening the curve. The $100 limit was one way to limit financial exposure if your card was stolen; we can certainly go back to that after the crisis is over. But for now? A good idea.

Jeers: to still not getting with the program. A trip to the grocery store can be both uplifting and discouraging. On the one hand, the single-direction aisles, the spacing at the checkouts, the ability for pickups and delivery and the care to ensure stores aren’t packed with too many customers show that physical distancing is top of mind for many. On the other hand, you can still run into people who are not only obviously aware of virus risks — demonstrated by the fact they’re wearing masks, albeit improperly and covering only their mouths — but are steadfastly going the wrong way down aisles and standing far closer to others than they should be. This isn’t rocket science, people

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