Refusing a handshake was once considered rude—today, offering one may be ultimate faux pas.
But COVID-era social protocols are still new and awkward, and etiquette experts are here to help.
- Concerned about a potential incoming hug? Stay 6 feet apart. “That’s a long way for someone to lunge at you,” says David Coggins, author of “Men and Manners.”
- Struggle with in-the-moment decisions? Confirm protocols in advance.
- Crucially: tip better. Workers are putting themselves at risk to keep services going, so for those who can afford it: “tip to the point of pain,” Jodi Smith, president of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting.
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