LETTER: ‘All about me’ attitude becoming prevalent in the Comox Valley

Dear editor,

There seems to be way too much “It’s all about me” lately flying around regarding COVID-19 in the Valley.

It is easy to rant and rave (I use that language purposely) about people ‘out shopping everywhere’ and that we need to close everything down immediately because of COVID-19. Do any of you ranters and ravers have to choose between food and housing, or staying at home? Some of us must work, and we need to treat these people with respect and understand the situation that many are trapped in. Yes – we must be careful, respect social distancing and where needed, wear masks and gloves.

Realize that those who must return to working are feeling fears and anxieties just as you do, but they have fewer options than many. Our Public Health authorities help all business owners and workers, along with WorkSafeBC, giving directives, information and instructions to follow for all. If you do not feel comfortable going to a business where staff do not wear masks and or gloves, please realize that they were not directed by Public Health to wear them in the environment they are in. If you have a problem with that – talk to Public Health officials or don’t go to that facility! I would also like to remind those people who like to be rude and abuse those trying to do their best in a very difficult situation, people are not out here working amongst everyone for the fun of being exposed to COVID-19 by everyone they serve that they are exposed to daily. They are there because they have no other options and need to pay their rent and put food on the table for their children.

These people are protecting themselves from you, not the other way around!

All the many small and not so small businesses in this Valley are busting their chops to keep everything as clean and safe as they can, for everyone. Perhaps things will be better for us all if you could have a little patience, be kind, and be calm.

Terry Chaney,

Courtenay

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