Pointing to the long-established tradition in Luxembourg City of avoiding unnecessary contact with people and maintaining physical distance, residents have confirmed that social distancing is actually the easiest thing in the world to do.
“I’ve been doing the whole social distancing thing for as long as I can remember,” says Rollingergrund resident Giselle Quinn, 61. “This whole neighborhood is full of people I know and avoid.”
“I live in an apartment building with 16 other tenants and I’ve never once spoken to them,” said Kirchberg resident Karl Zimmerman, 59. “Just as it should be.”
“Neighbors?” said Howald resident Rafael Silva, 39. “Oh, you mean those transient foreigners who move in and out of the house next door like fiddler crabs carried to and from the beach by the tide in my native country?”
Jean Muller, whose family has lived in the capital for hundreds of years and admits people there can be somewhat reserved, says he knows where this trait comes from.
“It developed long ago, during the time of the bubonic plague,” he said. “And it’s simply been passed down through the generations. It makes us stronger.”