Social Distancing

 What You Need to Know

Social 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.

 Everyone Should

  • Stay home when sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when you have to go out in public. Maintain 6 feet between yourself and others. A cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing. Wash regularly in the washing machine.
  • Keep six (6) feet between yourself and others. Avoid getting together in social groups and gatherings.
  • Avoid hugging, high-fives, shaking hands, and sharing cups or eating utensils.
  • Use Skype and FaceTime to visit family and friends.
  • Use online, curbside, or drive-through services such and banking, groceries, pharmacy and carryout.
  • Avoid public places at their busiest times.
  • Use good personal hygiene practices whenever you are out in public:
    • Wash 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.
    • Cover 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.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs.

 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.
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