What is Physical Distancing?


Last updated: March 31, 2020. Please check back for updates.

Physical distancing measures are being put in place throughout Canada to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 from person-to-person. This is important so a large number of people do not get sick at the same time. We all share in the responsibility to keep one another healthy. Physical distancing involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with. This will help to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community. The earlier these social actions start the better protected we will all be. Physical distancing does not mean you must stay in your home. You can still go outside to take a walk, go to the park, or walk your dog. If you need groceries, go to the store. We simply recommend that while outside you make sure to avoid crowds and maintain a distance of 2 meters (6 feet) from those around you. 

What physical distancing measures is public health recommending for you? 

  • Talk to your supervisor, manager, or employer about the possibility of working from home where possible. 
  • If you have meetings planned, consider doing them virtually instead of in person. 
  • Whenever possible, spend time outside and in settings where people can maintain a 2 meter (6 feet) distance from each other. 
  • Change how you greet one another – greet with a friendly wave or an elbow bump. 
  • If possible, limit or consider cancelling group gatherings and remember gathering cannot be larger than five people. Hold your gathering in places that you can distance yourself (2 meters, 6 feet). 
  • Avoid non-essential trips in the community. 
  • If you have to go into the community for an essential trip via taxi or rideshare, be sure to keep the windows down. 
  • Avoid visits to Long-Term Care Homes, Retirement Homes, Supportive Housing, Hospices and other care settings unless the visit is absolutely essential. Older adults and those with underlying health problems are most at risk of becoming ill with COVID-19. 

What physical distancing measures is public health recommending for businesses? 

All recreational programs and libraries, all private schools, all daycares, all churches and other faith settings and all bars should be closed until at least March 31, 2020. Restaurants are to shift to takeout/delivery. 

What physical distancing measures is public health recommending for municipalities? 

Suspend non-essential public programs and temporarily close all non-essential public facilities to promote physical distancing and limit the potential spread of COVID-19 in the community. 


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