COVID-19: Physical Distancing

On March 30, 2020, the Ontario Government extended the Declaration of Emergency and associated emergency measures:

This new order closes all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities everywhere in Ontario. This includes playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, beaches, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, outdoor community gardens, park shelters, outdoor exercise equipment, condo parks and gardens, and other outdoor recreational amenities. Green spaces in parks, trails, ravines and conservation areas that aren't otherwise closed would remain open for walkthrough access, but individuals must maintain the safe physical distance of at least two metres apart from others. Ontario's provincial parks and conservation reserves remain closed.


In order to prevent transmission of COVID-19 it is recommended that everyone in Ontario practice physical distancing of 2 metres to reduce their exposure to other people.

Physical distancing involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with.  This means to be physically separated from other people, by a space of at least 2 metres, as much as possible.  However, it is still important to stay socially connected through other means, such as phone calls, social media, or other digital means.

Here are some examples of things that are safe to do while physical distancing, as well as things that require caution and that should be avoided:

Safe Use Caution Avoid

Remember it is recommended to avoid crowds and maintain a distance of 2 metres from those around you.


Go for a walk or hike.


Activities in your yard.


Activities within your home.


Go for a drive.


Group video chats.


Check on a friend or elderly neighbour by phone or text.


Take an online class.


Do an online exercise video.


Read a book.


Tour a virtual museum/ art gallery.


Virtual worship/ church services.


Work from home where possible.


Stream a show.


Clean out a closet or room in your house.


Listen to music.


Cook a meal.


Have family game night.


Walk your dog.

Offer to do these things for elderly, immunocompromised, or other high risk people.



When answering the door.


Pick up take out from a restaurant.


Get groceries and household supplies.


Pick up medications.


On recreation trails.


Check on those who are at higher risk.


When delivering supplies to those in self-isolation.








Non-essential travel.


Parks and playgrounds.




Play dates.


Group gatherings (see Public Gatherings below).


Visitors in your house.


Non-essential workers in your house.


House parties.


Group celebrations eg. birthday parties, weddings, showers, etc.


Worship/ church gatherings.


Visits to Long-Term Care Homes, Retirement Homes, Supportive Housing, Hospices and other congregate care settings.


Handshakes and direct contact with others.

Remember: While you may not feel sick, and while we know these measures are an inconvenience, please be mindful of the members of our community who are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than others.



Printable Resources

Posters specific to Businesses and Workplaces are also available.



Public Gatherings

  • On March 28, 2020 the Ontario government issued an order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act that prohibits gatherings of more than five (5) people.
  • This order doesn't apply to private households with more than five people. Child care centres that look after the children of front-line workers are limited to 50 people and up to 10 people are allowed to gather at funerals.


Mental Health while Physical Distancing

  • Visit our Mental Health webpage for some great suggestions to take care of your mental health while physical distancing. 


For more information on COVID-19 visit the COVID-19 topics of interest webpage.

Last Updated: 02/04/2020