Social distancing / Physical distancing

Region: Ontario Answer # 7016

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 to help limit the spread of COVID-19 people try to keep a distance of at least 2 meters (about 6 feet) from other people.

How to practice physical distancing

Other recommendations made to help limit the spread of the virus are to wear a mask or face covering when possible when in close contact with others, and avoid:

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

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


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