Crowded airports aren’t part of social distancing


The Epoch Times

Social distancing is a term on most people’s minds now, but that doesn’t mean they follow its definition.

A case in point would be where airports were crowded on March 22 as families waited to pick up missionaries serving in the Philippines who were returned home by flight.

These families went against the guidelines set by airport staff, which, according to NPR, “instructed that only two people should greet each missionary, and that they should remain in their cars.”

These guidelines were set up for a reason. Anyone who followed the news in the past could see that people in Utah were self-isolating so that COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, would not spread.

In this state, though, there seems to be a prevailing thought that Utahns are above the law. It’s not hard to see that in how many people are out during these trying times or in how many distracted drivers this state has as a whole.

It’s not always easy to follow the guidelines for social distancing when one craves to be with friends and family. However, this is not an excuse to crowd around in public and risk getting oneself or others sick.

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall explained, “We know how important it is to reunite with a family member during this time but we have to adhere to mass gathering standards, which are in place to protect us, Lives are on the line and every precaution must be taken to help stop the quick spread of this dangerous illness.”

Two missionaries have since tested positive for coronavirus, albeit not because of the airport incident.

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, an elder serving in Mexico City tested positive on March 27, while a sister serving in Australia tested positive on March 30. 

Going forward, that doesn’t mean cases won’t arise from the crowded airports. However, one thing that is for certain is that more regulations are in place.

One example of this is the Governor’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home,” directive, which limits what Utahns can be out and about for.

These directives likely would not have been as strict had people followed the original guidelines to begin with.

As of March 30, there were over 700 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Utah with two deaths.

It’s going to be rough for a while, but if individuals can just follow the rules set, the impact should be less severe than it would otherwise be.