What Does Physical (Social) Distancing Really Mean?
Stay Home to Stay Safe
Physical distancing means taking steps to limit the number of people we come into close contact with. The best way to do that is to stay home as much as possible.
Playing and exercising outside is allowed, however, children should not be visiting with friends or having playdates.
Only Leave Home for the Essentials – and try to limit trips
Going to the grocery store for food and home supplies or picking up medication from the pharmacy are considered essential, therefore deemed to be an appropriate reason to leave the house. However, experts suggest you try and limit these trips to once a week.
Many stores now offer online shopping as an alternative to entering the store.
Some foodbanks and other social services have changed how they offer support. Contact 211 to find out what’s available in your community.
Keep your Distance
The Ontario government recently suggested everyone in Ontario should do their best to avoid close contact with people outside of their immediate families.
If you have to go out in public, keep a 2 metre (6 foot), gap between yourself and others.
If you have to use public transport, do your best to use it during off-peak hours.
Limit Contact with People at High Risk
It is important to avoid contact with people who are at a higher risk for contracting COVID-19.
This includes elders and those with compromised immune systems.
Visiting long-term care and retirement homes should be avoided during this time.
Stay out of parks, public gathering spots
You should not be visiting public areas, including parks and recreational spaces.
Outside activities should be kept to playing within your own property or going for walks or bike rides in your neighbourhood.
Check your municipality’s COVID-19 information page for rules and regulations in place in your community.
These are stressful times. As we try to keep our physical distance, it is important not to stop socializing with others. Virtual hangouts or playdates are encouraged. Connect with friends and family over phone or text.
If you are feeling stressed or anxious because of the isolation, reach out to 211 to find out what remote mental health supports are available.
Other important links
Government of Ontario COVID-19 information page.