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COVID-19 Etiquette, interacting with people in social situations

Posted at 7:37 AM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 07:37:49-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It's all about common sense, setting your own rules, and being respectful of other people's space-- that's what etiquette teacher Susan Makai is telling people when they ask how they should act in social situations.

“Only you can control what you do and the space around you," Makai said. "That ability lets you set the rules and regulations for what you expect at your house, expect of your kids, and what to expect when interacting with people outside.”

Susan Makai owns Susan Makai's Personal Best on Harlem Road in Cheektowaga. We are living in a different world due to the Coronavirus. The way we interact with people has changed dramatically.

She says in the last few months she has had to rethink her teaching techniques.

“Etiquette, in general, is to know how to operate, doing the right things at the right time, for the right people," Makai said. "It’s common sense it’s being kind and it’s also recognizing you are not invincible.”

When in doubt, masks are appreciated.
Handshakes are frowned upon.
Elbow taps or fist bumps are based on a person’s comfort level.
No contact is recommended by the CDC.
Placing your hand on your heart for someone or an air hug works for Makai.

“Respect the environment and the people you deal with on a regular basis and letting them know this is my comfort.