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What is social distancing?

March 23, 2020

We've been hearing a lot about social distancing to help flatten the curve of COVID-19. What exactly is social distancing and what activities are still okay?

Social distancing is the act of deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness.

Let's do it!

Here are some activities that are safe and encouraged during social distancing:

  • Take a walk or go on a hike
  • Ride your bike
  • Play in your yard
  • Practice yoga
  • FaceTime a friend for a virtual playdate
  • Enjoy a good book
  • Have a family dance party
  • Write letters to friends and family
  • Spring clean your house
  • Practice musical instruments

Proceed with caution!

The following activities can be okay, but make sure you are limiting interaction and washing your hands afterward:

  • Visiting restaurants for take-out orders
  • Going to the grocery store
  • Getting medication at the pharmacy
  • Playing in parks (without playground equipment)

No way!

  • Group gatherings of 10+ people
  • Interacting with people age 65+
  • Sleepovers and playdates
  • Concerts
  • Theaters
  • Sporting events
  • Gyms
  • Retail stores and malls
  • House guests
  • Air and rail transportation

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