What is physical distancing?

Physical distancing means keeping a space of 2 meters from people you don’t live with. It reduces the opportunity for the virus to spread from person to person.  

Why is physical distancing important?

When someone breathes, talks, laughs, sings, coughs, sneezes, etc., they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the novel coronavirus if the person coughing has COVID-19. Practicing physical distancing slows the spread!

How do I practice physical distancing?

Avoid crowded spaces and stay 2 metres apart from people you don’t live with.

  • Stay home if you can and work from home, if possible. If you have meetings planned, consider doing them virtually instead of in person.
  • Follow provincial restrictions, including restrictions on gatherings.
  • Avoid shopping at peak hours.
  • Avoid physical contact with others (for example, no handshakes).
  • When spending time outside, go to settings where people can maintain a 2-metre distance from people you don’t live with. 
  • Organizations that can use virtual options to provide services should do so.

How can I connect with others and support my mental health while practicing physical distancing?

Physical distancing does not mean social isolation. You can safely interact with others virtually. You can also get together with others outdoors while maintaining a physical distance of 2 meters. 

What should I do if physical distancing might be a challenge?

You should wear a mask whenever physical distancing may be a challenge. Click the button for more information.


What other public health measures should I take?