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What is Social Distancing and What are Its Dos and Don'ts?

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Last Updated Aug 21, 2020

Social distancing is a protective measure to slow down or stop the spread of a contagious disease, which in this case is the coronavirus or COVID-19.

It involves the closure of buildings, limiting of large gatherings to less than 100 people, and cancellation of events to prevent physical contact. As human beings, we are inclined to connect, support and depend on each other.

However, COVID-19 is contracted from direct contact with an infected person, so that leaves us with no choice but but to maintain a safe distance of 1.5 metres (or 6 feet) for the time being. 

To help you understand what social distancing entails, we list below what is acceptable and not based on what the government has implemented. 

Activities to Avoid

  • Group Gatherings
  • Sleep Overs
  • Playdates
  • Concerts
  • Theatre Outings
  • Athletic Events
  • Crowded Retail Stores
  • Malls
  • Workouts in Gyms
  • Visitors in Your House
  • Non-essential Workers in Your House
  • Mass Transit Systems
  • Dining in a Local Restaurant
  • Visiting the Library
  • Church Services
  • Travelling

Take Caution in the Following

  • Visiting a Grocery Store
  • Getting Takeout
  • Picking up Medication
  • Playing Tennis in a Park
  • Helping an elderly neighbour
  • Visiting an elderly parent or sibling
  • Going to the bank
  • Going to work if you are an essential worker

Things You Can Do

  • Take a Walk
  • Go for a Hike
  • Yard Work
  • Have a coffee in your patio
  • Clean out a Closet
  • Read a Good Book
  • Listen to Music
  • Cook a Meal
  • Family Game Night
  • Group Video Chats
  • Stream a Favourite Show

So, keeping our distance from each other doesn’t mean we still can’t enjoy the little pleasures of life and stay connected with our loved ones.

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Originally published on Mar 23, 2020

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