Dear Amy: My fiance has asthma. I have reoccurring bronchitis, due to complications from emergency lung surgery. We are both in our late-20s. Because of those pre-existing conditions, we have been taking our state’s stay-at-home order seriously. We’re not scared — just cautious. We wear masks when we go out. Otherwise, we are staying in.

We live in a duplex with a shared front yard. Our neighbors are not taking the stay-at-home seriously (they are in their early 20s).

They are still going to friends’ houses every weekend, and (early on) they had co-workers over every night.

Today they threw a party on our front lawn, where people were standing shoulder to shoulder.

I wanted to call the police to break it up but my fiance didn’t want to snitch.

I have been trying to stay away from them, but we do share a few spaces, including the front entrance and basement laundry.

The few times we talked early on, I talked about how the city we live in was spiking in coronavirus cases, and how the first case was only a few blocks from us, but it fell on deaf ears.

At what point should I ask them to take this seriously — for our health?

— Sheltering in Wisconsin

Dear Sheltering: The point has long passed for you to ask your neighbors to take this crisis seriously. Generally, it is easier to pre-empt negative behavior before it starts, and harder to roll it back — after the fact.

Now that they are partying under your nose, you’ll have to give it a try, and hope for the best.



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