Re: COVID protocols
From: David Heimann (
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2021 11:17:21 -0800 (PST)


I agree with Ann that "that ship has sailed", to the extent that I have a reverse concern about bringing up the term "social distancing" and explicitly emphasizing the "distancing" part. There may be good intentions about that, but by now most people will think about "social distancing" as a single term -- unless someone points out otherwise!

David Heimann
Jamaica Plain Cohousing

Date: Sun, 28 Feb 2021 11:16:01 -0500
From: Melanie G <gomelaniego [at]>
To: cohousing-l [at]
Subject: [C-L]_ Covid protocols
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Dear Ann, I find your posts so useful, and super helpful.  And yet, I find
the use of the truly regretful meme of "social distancing" extremely
depressing to see coming from a group that specifically has the intention
of social connecting.

I have lived through all this alone so far, and I can say as both an ex
English teacher, and a seeker of community, that it is just demoralizing to
see this meme used in nearly every single covid protocol item in your

Words are super important to the legacy we support and leave behind.  All
the children who learn this meme, and not likely question it, and will
become very different adults than the adults we experience now.  I don't
want to write a long diatribe about this again.  But it will continue to
bite us all in the butt, mark my words.

And no, it is not accurate to ask people to "socially" distance.  Social
distance is very likely to be heard and misperceived as shunning of
others.  Which is also why those rules can be interpreted as people like,
and will.  And why you needed to clarify at least in one instance that it
means 6 feet.

This is a meme that merits intense scrutiny, especially by those of us here
who care so much about the social fabric.  I hope people here will
reconsider the possible harm of unquestioningly and repeatedly using this
"social distancing" meme in community.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you take this in the spirit it is meant,
a spirit of deep care and concern.  And yes, "physical distancing"  can be
used to refer to living beings.  Just like physical education, for
example.  Besides, we collectively have much more creativity to come up
with alternatives to "social distancing".

with deep concern,

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