And walk whatever way I like up and down the aisles at the grocery store. ;)
Nicole, one of our grocery stores has, helpfully, made the interior aisles one-way, to help keep traffic flowing in a comfortable pattern. It’s troubling when people are closing in from both directions, and you’re trapped mid-aisle, trying to get your item off the shelf, and others aren’t mindful of a 6-foot spacing. Our city has also specified that everyone going into a business wear a mask, at least through May. Most people are doing that, but some aren’t.
And a lot of people are ignoring the markings at the end of each aisle, with arrows indicating the direction of traffic for that aisle. “I didn’t see the sign” is the universal reply when it’s pointed out. I hope they don’t drive the way they shop. I contacted the store manager, who’s said they’ll now make occasional announcements in the supermarket to remind people of the one-way situation. There’s an attendant at the door, limiting the number of people on the store at a given time, and they’re also going to start advising entrants of the aisle policy. That will hopefully make a stressful activity a little less so.
I tried a bike ride 2 weekends ago, and people were stopping mid-trail, in a lot of places! The trail’s maybe 6 feet wide in many places, standing in the middle. A couple stopped on a bridge to kiss, while straddling their bikes - inconsiderate of others even in a non-pandemic time, but irresponsible now. So I went on a hike this last time on a different trail, without the crowd. The neighborhood is, like you mentioned, swarming with people in places - it’s tough finding space, and i’m crossing the street, or turning around, as others aren’t planning on keeping their distance.
But finding a place without a clustering gang is critical. I won’t be riding or walking on that first path again anytime in the foreseeable future. Too stressful, like some popular European places in High Season. So my local “Trip” dreams have definitely changed!