What Is Social Distancing?

Social distancing is staying away from crowds or congregations of 10 or more people with the intent of minimizing transmission of infectious disease outbreaks. This could include but is not limited to attending concerts, sporting events, religious gatherings, going to movie theaters, or using public transportation such as buses and subways for travel.

People should maintain three feet of distance between each other to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Social Distancing Dont's

  • Play dates for your children.
  • Meeting small groups for dinner or drinks.
  • Non-essential doctor's appointments — dental and therapies.
  • Hair and nail appointments.
  • Non-essential help around the house (cleaning, cooking).

Social Distancing Do's

  • Facetime your friends and family often.
  • Keep a daily routine.
  • Participate in activities, but remotely, such as virtual workout classes, book clubs, or streaming activity options for your kids.
  • Continue to pay your household staff such as a housekeeper or dog walker even though they will no longer come to your house — this will allow those individuals to stay home and safe with their families and support their own elderly parents.
  • Consider drive-through takeout if your family is low on food.

Tips for Family and Kids

  • Talk to your kids about what social distancing is and walk them around the house and point out fingerprints which may help them understand that each point of contact is an opportunity for transmission.
  • Encourage family and friends to create a plan for their elderly relatives, parents, and grandparents if they're accepting and to inform them about the high risk and concerns about COVID-19.
  • Cancel current travel plans and trips.