Social distancing

What is social distancing?

Social distancing is maintaining a distance between yourself and others. In this situation with COVID-19, the recommended distance is at least six feet.

It also includes minimizing the opportunities for contact with others, such as staying home and avoiding social gatherings.

Why is social distancing important?

At this time, it appears that COVID-19 is not airborne, but is transmitted through person-to-person spread by larger droplets, like from a cough or sneeze, or touching contaminated objects or surfaces, then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. This is why it’s important to maintain a distance between yourself and others; it’s key to preventing the spread of the virus.

When entering buildings like grocery stores or other places where you may interact with staff or the public, remember to practice social distancing.

Can I go outside?

Absolutely. Social distancing is not about staying indoors; it’s about maintaining an appropriate distance from others. When outdoors, remember to practice social distancing and healthy hygiene and encourage your family members to do the same. 

This includes:

  • Wiping down any surfaces you may come into contact with, disinfecting your hands and not touching your face.
  • Also be sure to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you come back indoors.

Always remember that if you are feeling ill or showing any symptoms, you should not go out in public.