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Aug 03

Keeping a safe distance during COVID-19

Posted on August 3, 2020 at 12:47 pm by Clay Curtin

Families are gradually returning to some of the activities that paused when the COVID-19 pandemic began. With the virus still spreading, however, it is important for everyone to continue social distancing. Social distancing means keeping physical space between yourself and other people outside your household. It is a vital step in helping to slow the spread of this virus. 

What are social distancing measures?
Social distancing measures reduce when and where people gather and help to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases. Social distancing measures include limiting large groups of people coming together, closing buildings and canceling events. When in public spaces it is important to stay 6 feet away from other people.

We can apply social distancing practices in our everyday lives to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Consider the following tips for practicing social distancing when you decide to go out.
  • Know before you go: Before going out, know and follow the guidance from local public health authorities where you live.
  • Prepare for Transportation: Consider social distancing options to travel safely when running errands or commuting to and from work, whether walking, bicycling, wheelchair rolling,or using public transit, rideshares or taxis. 
  • Limit contact when running errands: Stay at least 6 feet away from others who are not from your household while shopping and in lines. If possible, use drive-thru, curbside pickup, or delivery services to limit face-to-face contact with others. Maintain physical distance between yourself and delivery service providers during exchanges and wear a mask.
  • Choose safe social activities
  • Stay distanced while being active: Consider going for a walk, bike ride or wheelchair roll in your neighborhood or in another safe location where you can maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and other pedestrians and cyclists.