Couple's embarrassment a result of vague rules

Updated: 10 August, 2020 07:15 IST | The Editorial | Mumbai

The park rules disallow couples sitting and, what one can only presume, canoodling on the backbenches. These new rules were also in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

This image has been used for representational purposes only
This image has been used for representational purposes only

It was disconcerting to read a report in this newspaper that spoke about how a married couple was initially refused entry into a South Mumbai park. They then called local politicians after which they were allowed entry. The management too apologised to the couple, who said that they felt discriminated against.

The park rules disallow couples sitting and, what one can only presume, canoodling on the backbenches. These new rules were also in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the security personnel may only be doing their job, it is always wiser to have rules and regulations clearly spelt out, rather than give vague and obtuse directions to personnel manning gates of any public space, residential society, stores, etc. This clears confusion and both, the visitor and those in charge know about what is allowed and what is not. We see spaces have different rules and guidelines due to the crisis.

Safety, above all, is key but the staff at every establishment, open space or building must be well trained and have an absolute understanding of what goes and what is proscribed.

If possible, temporary signage should tell people about the rules governing the place. Where there is crystal clear clarity, there is less to negligible scope for misunderstanding and embarrassment through such incidents.

This edit, since the beginning of the outbreak, has been making a case for clear communication from all stakeholders, be it political leaders to housing society committees.

Vague and opaque policies have led to altercations and bitterness and such situations, especially in these trying times, can escalate into something more dangerous and totally unwarranted. Let those leading the way or at the helm, be decisive in their thought process, lucid, spot-on in framing the rules.

Keep scrolling to read more news

Catch up on all the latest Mumbai news, crime news, current affairs, and a complete guide from food to things to do and events across Mumbai. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates.

Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) and stay updated with the latest news

First Published: 10 August, 2020 06:00 IST

Sign up for all the latest news, top galleries and trending videos from Mid-day.com

Subscribe
loading image
This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK