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Physical distancing for COVID-19

What is physical distan​​cing?

The term physical distancing is replacing “social distancing”. It is a term that better explains what people need to do to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and that people can still be “social” while being physically apart.  

Everyone in our area needs to practice physical distancing to help protect our communities and keep others healthy. Physical distancing means taking steps to limit the number of people you come in close contact with.

Cancel group gatherings​​An infographic that explains physical distancing

  • Cancel all group gatherings
  • No parties or playdates with other children
  • Connect with friends by phone, email, video, or social media
  • Do not visit friends or family in long-term care homes, retirement homes, or other care settings​​

Limit your trips outdoors​​

  • Go outside for essential trips only, such as getting groceries, going to work, and for exercise
  • Keep a distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from others
  • Avoid crowded parks and playgrounds because they are not cleaned or sanitized
  • Greet others with a wave or a nod instead of handshakes or hugs
  • Sanitize or wash your hands when entering and exiting buildings
  • No more than three people per elevator and use an elbow to press buttons if you can
  • Avoid long lineups
  • Use tap to pay for items instead of handling money​

​​Stay active​​

  • Keep moving while at home; do aerobics or online exercise classes inside
  • Keep your distance from others, if you must go for walks or exercise outdoors​​

Consider alternative ways to work​

  • Work from home, if possible
  • Have meetings virtually (video or teleconferencing)​

Physical dis​tancing is not the same as self-isolating​

People who are self-isolating​ should not go outside. Do not go shopping or walk the dog. Ask a friend or family member for help, if you need things.​

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our COVID-19 hotline at 1-8​66-468-2240​, Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.