Updated: April 3, 2020 at 3:35pm
NEW – Fact Sheet: Physical Distancing – Public Health Ontario
You are strongly urged to stay home and practise physical distancing as much as possible. This is essential to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. This means limiting the number of people with whom you come in contact. To do this:
- Keep a minimum two-metre (six-foot) distance between yourself and others. That’s roughly the length of a hockey stick.
- Stay home as much as possible, except for essential reasons, such as: accessing health care services, going out to get groceries or medication, and walking pets when required. If you do go out, be sure to practise physical distancing!
- Go outside to be active, but stay near home. Avoid others by keeping a safe distance. Greet people with a wave, bow or nod, instead of handshake or hug. After being outside, wash your hands with soap and water.
- Do not use playgrounds, sports fields or other outdoor recreation facilities. The Ontario government has closed these for the timebeing as part of its State of Emergency.
- Limit, postpone or cancel small gatherings. If you can, connect with family and friends by phone or online.
- Work from home if possible. Talk to your supervisor, manager, or employer about options. Cancel in-person business meetings. Instead, look at teleconferencing or video chat options.
- Do not send children to daycare, if you are able to. Avoid ‘child play dates’ with other families.
- Avoid visits to care facilities like long-term care homes, retirement homes, supportive housing, and hospices.
- For essential trips (like getting groceries), sanitize/wash your hands when entering or exiting building. Avoid long lineups. Use tap to pay instead of handling money.
- If you have to go out for an essential trip via taxi or rideshare, be sure to keep the windows down.
- Do NOT use public transit if you are sick. Self-isolate at home right away.
- If you must use public transit, wash hands often, keep a two-metre distance between other passengers and aim to travel in non-peak hours.
- Avoid large gatherings of more than five people. This is also now a requirement, as Ontario is banning groups of five or more people. The only exceptions are families with more than five people and child care centres supporting frontline health care workers and first responders (so long as each centre does not exceed 50 people). Funerals are permitted, but only with up to 10 people at a time.
Remember: While you may not feel sick, and while these measures may seem inconvenient, they are important to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to those who are more vulnerable, including seniors and people with compromised immune systems.