Social Distancing

 What You Need to Know

Two people standing six feet away from each otherSocial distancing means keeping a physical separation from other people. This includes avoiding groups of people and keeping space between yourself and others.

It can include larger measures like closing public spaces and canceling group events. It helps protect people from illness, especially those who are more vulnerable.

Social distancing limits the spread of disease by lowering the chance of contact with someone with COVID-19.

 Individuals Can

  • Keep six (6) feet between yourself and others.
  • Avoid getting together in social groups and gatherings.
  • Use Skype and FaceTime to visit family and friends.
  • Use online, curbside or drive-through services such as banking, groceries, pharmacy and carryout.
  • Avoid public places at their busiest times.

 Businesses Can

  • Have employees tele-work when possible.
  • Modify operations to provide online options.
  • Restrict areas where people may gather.
  • Limit in-person meetings and use electronic communication methods.
  • Assess store layout and modify high traffic areas (i.e. checkout lines, pharmacy counter etc.) to create six (6) feet of space between people:
    • Special store hours for seniors, healthcare workers and first responders to shop. - Signage asking people to remain at least 6 feet apart from others.
    • Mark floors of checkout lines with tape for 6 foot spacing between customers.
    • Promote curbside pick-up, delivery and online services.

 Everyone Should

  • Stay home when you’re sick.
  • Avoid hugging, high-fives, shaking hands, and sharing cups or eating utensils.
  • Use good personal hygiene practices whenever you are out in public:
    • Washing your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough/sneeze in your upper sleeve. Immediately throw away used tissues in the trash, then wash hands.
    • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs.