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Old 26.03.2020, 20:16
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Re: Sounds Like Age Discrimination

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It is my understanding that (in Ticino) people over the age of 65 are no longer allowed to shop for groceries. As if this is not enough, they are also not allowed on the bus or train systems. Neither allowed to leave they're homes so as to walk outside. Obviously, they have been "unofficially quarantined". Can anyone give me a logical and reasonable explanation for this?
Hi Bugsy,
Are you able to communicate in Italian and have you found any voluntary help to get your groceries?

It must be daunting to go through this in a foreign language and in a foreign country.
You and your missus, stay safe and take care.
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Re: Sounds Like Age Discrimination

big list of all services: https://www.ticinonews.ch/ticino/498...rvizi-attivati

or you can just call your commune or closest minimarket if you're in a village.

The shopping shouldn't be an issue.

And AFAIK it's not true you can't go out, that would be illegal as shown in the case of Uri, the commune is probably just heavily recommending it because it's best and pensioners don't really need that except for going for a walk away from other people. Definitely avoid public transport though, just not worth the risk.
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It is ageist, 65 is arbitrary. But that's the situation we find ourselves in.
You folks have an odd definition of all those -isms. How is that decree stereotyping? or derogatory?

No, it's not ageist.
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You folks have an odd definition of all those -isms. How is that decree stereotyping? or derogatory?

No, it's not ageist.
"Ageist" doesn't have to imply stereotyping or derogatory. I was just using it in the technical sense of "discriminatory".

Concerning discriminatory, the word has different meanings in British and US English.
  • US English: unfairly treating a person or particular group of people differently from others.
  • British English: treating particular people, companies, or products differently from others, especially in an unfair way

I was using the British English sense which, while it normally carries the implication of "unfair", does not have to. I was also aware of how most people would read it, but thought "what the heck".

So, yes - it's odd. But not wrong.
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