What is physical distancing?

Physical distancing means keeping a space of 2 meters from others. It reduces the opportunity for the virus to spread from person to person.  

Where should I practice physical distancing?

Practice physical distancing in all indoor public spaces and in indoor workplaces.  Regardless of where you are, you can wear a mask and physically distance if you feel it is right for you, especially if you or others are immunocompromised or at high-risk of severe disease or exposure to COVID-19.
If you are unvaccinated, you should practice physical distancing around people who don’t live with you.

At social gatherings where everyone is vaccinated, it may not be necessary to practice physical distancing. For more information about the steps that you should take after you are vaccinated, click here.

Why is physical distancing important?

When someone breathes, talks, laughs, sings, coughs, sneezes, etc., they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the novel coronavirus if the person coughing has COVID-19. Practicing physical distancing slows the spread.

How do I practice physical distancing?

  • Avoid crowded spaces and stay 2 metres apart from others.
  • Stay home if you can and work from home, if possible. If you have meetings planned, consider doing them virtually instead of in person.
  • Avoid shopping at peak hours.
  • Avoid physical contact with others (for example, no handshakes).
  • Organizations that can use virtual options to provide services should do so.

How can I connect with others and support my mental health while practicing physical distancing?

Physical distancing does not mean social isolation. You can safely interact with others virtually. You can also get together with others outdoors while maintaining a physical distance of 2 metersPhysical distancing does not mean social isolation. You can safely interact with others virtually. You can also get together with others outdoors while maintaining a physical distance of 2 meters, or you can wear a mask when physical distancing is a challenge.

 

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