Social distancing / Physical distancing

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What is social distancing / physical distancing?

Social distancing, now referred to more accurately as physical distancing, means keeping a physical distance from other people. Governments across Canada have asked that people only go out for necessities and exercise. Try to keep a distance of at least 2 meters (about 6 feet) from other people.

How to practice physical distancing

When you do go out, minimize, or if possible eliminate close contact with others.  Some things to avoid include:

  • social gatherings
  • handshakes
  • hugs
  • public transit during peak hours
  • visiting vulnerable people, such as the elderly, children, those who are ill, etc.

Alternative choices, include:

  • staying at home except for exercise and getting necessities (such as grocery shopping or picking up medication)
  • using technology to keep in touch with friends, family and co-workers
  • keeping children on a schedule that includes a variety of activities, such as reading, exercise, meals, and playtime so that they can better cope with the time away from their friends
  • whenever possible have items delivered instead of picking them up

Depending on the progression of this situation, governments may implement curfews and penalties for violating them. It is important to help slow down the transmission of this virus by working together and following the guidelines and rules implemented during this time.

For the latest information, visit Health Canada, your Provincial Ministry of Health, and our related links and resources.


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