Salisbury Press

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Respectfully Yours: Pack etiquette with suntan lotion for day at the beach

Saturday, July 4, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Now that it is summer, can you please share your thoughts about some best practices for making sure everyone has an enjoyable time at the beach.

Dear Reader,

If your summer plans include plenty of sunshine and waves, there are a few beach etiquette courtesies to pack along with your sunscreen.

Of course, paramount during the continuing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is to observe the protocols promulgated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the department of health and municipality in which the beach is located.

Respectfully Yours: Job interview protocol in the time of coronavirus

Saturday, June 27, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I am actively pursuing job opportunities. I was asked to come in for an on-site interview. What does job interview etiquette look like in during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic era? Do I shake hands? Do I wear a mask to the interview? How does all this work now?

Dear Reader,

The hiring process is changing as we speak and there’s no standard process anymore.

Some areas are loosening restrictions and in-person job interviews may be back on the agenda. Remote interviews are still common nationwide, but some interviews are still in person.

Respectfully Yours: Virtually-yours wedding requires real presents

Friday, June 19, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I was supposed to be attending a friend’s destination wedding next month. Because of the pandemic travel bans, the ceremony will be in the couple’s living room, with guests attending via the Zoom social media platform. Now that their reception is cancelled, do I still give a gift, and if so, how much should I spend?

Dear Reader,

Wedding bells are still ringing virtually despite the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Couples are saying “I do” on their original wedding date with virtual ceremonies.

Respectfully Yours: Declining invitation OK for social-distancing

Sunday, June 14, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Neighbors invited me and my husband to a socially-distanced dinner. Initially, we accepted. But after taking into consideration the risks involved, given factors like age and underlying health conditions, we feel uneasy and want to decline. I called our friends and told them I did not feel comfortable having dinner at their home. How do you tactfully respond to social invitations without causing offense?

Dear Reader,

Respectfully Yours: Other greetings can replace handshakes

Friday, June 5, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

The polite gesture of extending a hand for a handshake has suddenly become socially unacceptable. This common courtesy is one of the major ways that you can transmit the virus. What are some contactless greetings that could replace it?

Dear Reader,

Society is in uncertain times. Being able to adapt to the new etiquette of the handshake greeting is going to be awkward for a while. In the time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the traditional greeting is considered unsanitary and has forced a rethink of the handshake.

Respectfully Yours: The bottom line on tipping-in-place

Saturday, May 30, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

The shelter-in-place has made it clear that just about anything you can buy can be delivered right to your doorstep. Our delivery workers play an essential role and put themselves in germs’ way. Please offer some guidance for tipping etiquette in this coronavirus era.

Dear Reader,

We have come to rely the on frontline workers who put their health before our own to deliver groceries and all the items we bought to make our time indoors as comfortable as possible this time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) stay-at-home mandates.

Respectfully Yours: These worrying times require good manners

Friday, May 22, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Our normal activities have suddenly changed and we are in uncharted territory. The usual rules for behavior are out the window and it can be difficult to know if the rules of etiquette we are accustomed to still apply. Has our definition of good manners changed?

Dear Reader,

This is an unprecedented time in history when it comes to etiquette rules because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. There is not a guide that we can refer to.

Respectfully Yours: One man’s ceiling another man’s floor

Friday, May 15, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I live in an apartment complex with about 30 units and I am now working from home. With more people hunkered down at home, what are some polite ways apartment-dwellers can handle noise levels?

Dear Reader,

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic stay-at-home mandates, people are spending most of their time at home. When you’re in an apartment building, this is the time to be especially mindful of neighbor etiquette.

Respectfully Yours: Coronavirus conversations have gone viral

Friday, May 8, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

It feels as if almost every conversation veers toward talk of the coronavirus. How can I politely change the topic to something besides the pandemic?

Dear Reader,

You’re not alone with that thought.

It does feel almost every conversation is about the virus. The constant news updates about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can feel overwhelming. We are all trying to stay informed yet we need to find time to tune out what is happening, at least for a few hours.

Respectfully Yours: Social distancing in a new world of manners

Friday, May 1, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

These days, going out for any reason is a challenge. Taking a walk or waiting in a checkout line can quickly become uncomfortable when someone is not abiding by the recommended social-distancing rules. How do you politely tell someone who is too close to back away?

Dear Reader,

In the age of social distancing, it’s a whole new world of manners.

Things that were once considered polite, like shaking hands, are now forbidden.