While physical distancing requirements have been lifted in businesses, it is still an important measure for infection prevention and control.
Everyone is encouraged to be mindful that both workers and patrons may need time to adjust to the pandemic recovery phase. It is important to be patient and respectful of people who are not yet comfortable being in close proximity to others.
What is Physical Distancing?
Physical distancing involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with. It is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness.
Physical distancing means making changes in your everyday routines in order to minimize close contact with others.
How to Practice Physical Distancing
- Keep a distance of at least 2 metres from those outside your household.
- Whenever it is difficult to maintain physical distancing, wear a mask/face covering.
- Stay away from places where there are higher numbers of people.
- Shop for groceries, medicines and other supplies less often, and go alone if possible.
- Use food delivery services or online shopping.
- Work from home when possible and conduct virtual meetings.
- Greet with a wave or head nod instead of a handshake, kiss or hug with those outside of your household.
- Use technology to keep in touch with friends and family outside of your household and for virtual play dates for children.
- Take public transportation during off-peak hours if you’re able. Choose to walk or bike to your destination, if possible.
- Continue to follow all Infection Prevention and Control measures.
Mental Health while Physical Distancing
Visit our Mental Health webpage for some suggestions to take care of your mental health while distanced from others.
- Physical Distancing Factsheet - Public Health Ontario
- Layers of Protection from COVID-19 Poster (PDF)
- Couches de protection pour réduire le risque de COVID-19 (PDF)