PSA: How to (Politely) Tell Someone to Get Away From You

Two etiquette experts weigh in

Like most Americans, I’m rarely leaving my apartment these days. But there are the occasional trips to the grocery store and pharmacy, and walks around the block. Given the widespread message that everyone should stay six feet away from each other, there’s nothing more disconcerting than a hand reaching over you in the pasta aisle or a runner taking up all the space on the sidewalk. (Or, say, hordes of people crowding together to watch a Navy ship).

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Alexandra Sifferlin

Alexandra Sifferlin

Health and science journalist. Former editor of Medium’s Covid-19 Blog and deputy editor at Elemental. TIME Magazine writer before that