Okay, so I was on a train journey coming back from the beach to the city on a hot sunny weekend. The previous train had been cancelled and so this train was PACKED! My friend and I waited on the busy platform scared we weren’t gonna get on the train, but we managed to align ourselves to the doors and were the first on the carriage, we even managed to score a couple of seats! Score!
Within seconds the carriage was packed, every seat taken, people scrunched up together. Obviously social distancing was impossible, but with vaccination rates in the UK going well, no one seemed to mind. Except one woman who tapped my friend in his new seat on the shoulder and said:
“So, I guess we aren’t social distancing anymore?”
My friend is the confrontational sort, so he simply stood up and this woman placed her bag on the seat next to her to enforce some semblance of social distancing.
I looked over the carriage and as far as I could see, she was the only one doing this.
Other people boarded and tried to get the seat and she still held her ground. Some argued that if she was really concerned about social distancing on a popular beach route on a sunny weekend she should have booked a first class ticket or taken a taxi, but she just ignored them all and kept her hand on her bag.
Am I being unreasonable to expect that in some situations, like on a packed weekend train, social distancing just can’t be maintained? Or should she have been allowed to demand social distancing despite it being practically impossible?