How to be safe and considerate in the transition out of COVID-19

Two people sit at a table near an open window for a restaurant
People dine at the Q Restaurant & Bar on June 4 after it reopened in Portland, Ore. Many Americans are relaxing precautions taken during the COVID-19 pandemic and resuming everyday activities.
Paula Bronstein | AP file

We’ve entered a phase of COVID-19 confusion. 

In Minnesota, 67.2 percent of residents 16 and older have at least one vaccine shot. Most of the restrictions designed to curb the spread of the virus have been lifted. 

That leaves many of us trying to figure out what precautions and social habits to keep and which ones to drop entirely as we move forward. 

How do you back out of an awkward office hug? Should we still wear masks around children? How can we graciously turn down an invite because we’re overwhelmed and tired as our social lives ramp up? 

Host Angela Davis talks with an infectious disease doctor and an etiquette expert.  


  • Lizzie Post is co-president of The Emily Post Institute in Waterbury, Vt., and co-host of the “Awesome Etiquette” podcast. She is the great, great granddaughter of etiquette author Emily Post. 

  • Priya Sampathkumar is an associate professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic and an infectious disease physician.

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