COVID 19: My neighbour has visitors
Despite the strict physical distancing instructions by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Dr. Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, have you have noticed that your neighbour is regularly hosting visitors… Here is a gradual process to make sure that all are safe in your neighbourhood.
Depending on your history with your neighbour, decide whether you will approach this situation or if you will directly present the facts to public safety officials.
1) Breathe. Focus on these three words: patience, kindness and empathy. Choose the right moment to approach him or her
2) Ask how your neighbour and family are coping during our collective confinement. Answer in turn, if asked about you and your family.
3) Present your perspective with tact and clarity. Remember it is gradual process where you observe and listen to validate your neighbour’s state.
What I have to say is not easy. (Pause) But if it was me, I’d rather you tell me about it instead of creating gossip in the neighborhood. (Pause)
I see you get a lot of visitors. I am concerned about your health, our health. You are important to us.
4) If your neighbour grumbles, don’t argue. Listen.
Take care of yourself.
If visitors continue to come and go; call public safety. The agents will maintain anonymity. It could save lives.
Translated from my article on veroniquecloutier.com March 27, 2020 (c) Julie Blais Comeau