New Social Norms to Adjust to Post Coronavirus Lockdowns


Coronavirus pandemic situations have changed normal life pace. The government cannot enforce the massive lockdowns, where more than 85% of the population mandatorily needs to stay home. 

There is a need for quick behavioral changes because public behavior will define the performance of the virus. On you can read discussions on topics like how to mange social gatherings on life after coronavirus and how to adapt to change of the new social norm.

Social norms to adjust are simple. Getting a clear message out makes sense but for a specific group following it is hard. Wearing masks, avoiding face touch, frequent hand wash, and social distancing is a recommendation. It limits the spread of coronavirus. People need to adopt this externality as individual behavior matters as it is a part of a gigantic worldwide public health campaign. 

Adjust to new social norms

After lockdown 

  • Whenever you step out carry a sanitizer.
  • Before touching anything or surface sanitize it.
  • Regularly sanitize your car, high touch surfaces, and even your Smartphone’s.
  • While stepping out, wear different footwear. Leave it outside before entering the house.
  • Have a bath and wash the clothes every time you come home from outside [at least hands and feet].
  • Disinfect grocery packets and wash fruits or veggies bought from the stores.
  • Make payments online rather than cash.
  • Maintain a safe distance, especially while commuting, shopping, or any place outside.

Stay in isolation as much as you can!

Transportation norms

The Government has set guidelines for different sectors, post lockdown. For example, people need to travel within their country for emergency or business needs but strict measures need to comply, to ensure proper hygiene management and social distancing.

Airports need to disinfect their terminal buildings including desks, chairs, elevators, railings, handles, trolleys, trays, etc. The passengers and staff need to maintain sufficient distance. Social distancing signage is mandatory at the airports. The seating arrangements on the premises and inside the flight need to have gaps. Everyone must wear masks. The washroom cleaning needs to be done every hour. Avoid overcrowding and facilitate check-ins from home. 

Similarly, the other public transportation, restaurants, public toilets, and clubs need to follow the new safety protocols to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 infection. While traveling in can avoid sharing with ones you don’t live with but if you do wash hands instantly. Wear masks and hand gloves but carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 

Workplace norms

  • Employees need to work in shift, to avoid large gatherings. 
  • Regularly wipe and disinfect desks and table surfaces along with the object which gets touched the most. 
  • Place sanitizer dispensers in prominent places and ensure they get regularly refilled. 
  • Make paper tissues and face masks available. 
  • Put posters that promote hand washing and social distancing. 
  • Employees with cold and flu symptoms must remain at home or give leave instantly. 
  • Avoid meetings in person. Virtual conferencing is the best option.

Large companies can choose to continue work from home. 

The don’ts post lockdown

  • Say no to vacation for a maximum of one-year post lockdown.
  • Never ignore hand hygiene practice even after COVID passes away as it also helps to keep other diseases away.
  • Never visit overcrowded places like clubs, cafes, and restaurants.
  • Avoid organizing large house parties.
  • Never skip wearing face masks.

It is smart to go defensive rather than getting infected!

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