In order to decrease transmission of COVID-19 in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is recommending that all residents practise physical distancing.
Physical distancing is replacing the term “social distancing” as the goal is to take steps to limit the number of people you come into physical contact with while maintaining social connection virtually by phone and other technology. Not everyone or every business can practise perfect physical distancing, but there are ways to reduce the risk of infectious disease transmission for employees, customers, clients, and service users.
Confused by the difference between self-quarantine, self-isolation and physical distancing? You’re not alone. These definitions have been evolving as we learn more about COVID-19 and enhance measures to fight its spread.
Physical distancing includes, but is not limited to:
- Talking to your supervisor, manager, or employer about the possibility of working from home where possible.
- Avoiding sending children to daycare.
- Avoiding visits to long-term care homes, retirement homes, supportive housing, hospices and other congregate care settings unless the visit is absolutely essential.
- Avoiding non-essential trips in the community.
- If you have to go into the community for an essential trip via taxi or ride-share, be sure to keep the windows down.
- Cancelling group gatherings or limiting them to no more than 5 people while maintaining at least 2 metres between people.
- Hosting virtual meetings and social interactions instead of in-person events.
At this time, you are advised to avoid all unnecessary excursions or visitors.
If you must leave your home/property for an essential trip or because you are a designated essential worker:
- Avoid crowded areas.
- Maintain a distance of 2 metres from those around you at all times.
- Do not touch your face.
- Wash your hands immediately and thoroughly upon return to your home or workplace.
Remember: While you may not feel sick, and these measures are an inconvenience, please be mindful of the members of our community who are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than others. We are all in this together.
Adapted with permission from Ottawa Public Health.
- Physical Distancing Poster – HPEPH
- Ottawa Public Health – Social Distancing and Self-Isolation Instructions for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Public Health Agency of Canada – Community-Based Measures to Mitigate the Spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Canada
- World Health Organization – Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19
- Why outbreaks like Coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve” – Washington Post