A number of changes have arisen in Grand Junction since the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, but they're not worth getting your feelings hurt over. Here are five "precautions" you'll witness around the valley.

Ever since the Coronavirus pandemic started making headlines, people began making adjustments to their day to day routines. In only follows that businesses and institutions would follow suit.

If you've visited a Grand Junction business or restaurant, you've undoubtedly witnessed changes to the services they normally offer. Earlier this morning I overheard a local business manager having a discussion with her corporate execs. Mandates were coming down involving precautions and proactive measures. Here are a few changes you'll encounter when doing business in Grand Junction.

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    Cashiers will place your change on counter rather than hand it to you.

    Don't take it personally. As with the case I witnessed this morning, this is a directive from the company bigwigs. Cashiers cannot take cash or change directly from your hands, and won't hand it back to you. They are instructed to place money on the counter.

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    Condiments are nowhere to be found

    You'll notice some coffee shops and restaurants no longer have condiments placed out for customers to get themselves. If you want coffee creamers, ketchup, etc., you'll have to ask the clerk.

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    Somebody disinfects the door handle right after you touch it

    Please don't take this one personally. Again, the discussion I overheard this morning involved a corporate exec instructing a local restaurant manager that the door handles had to be disinfected every ten minutes.

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    Nobody wants to shake hands

    This has been going on for a few weeks. Recently, the old "elbow bump" or the "knucks" have become perfectly acceptable forms of greeting one another.

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    Everybody is staying ten feet away from you

    This is certainly nothing to be taken personally. Last night, at a rehearsal with a 16-piece big band, we set up with five to six feet between each member of the band. Historically, this band would set up as tight as possible. In this case, the group took up an entire band room. Nothing personal, just a precaution.