Social Distancing

Physical Distancing and the Stay at Home Order

Limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Physical distancing, also called “social distancing” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home.

In addition to everyday steps to prevent COVID-19, keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to this virus and slowing its spread locally and across the country and world.

Learn when it’s most important to keep 6 feet of space from other people.

Risk of COVID-19 increases the closer you get to others and the longer you interact with them.

Understand the potential risks of going out.

The risk of an activity depends on many factors, such as:

  • Is COVID-19 spreading in your community?
  • Will you have a potential close contact with someone who is sick or anyone who is not wearing a mask (and may be asymptomatic)?
  • Are you at increased risk of severe illness?
  • Do you take everyday actions to protect yourself from COVID-19?

Ask yourself these questions when deciding to participate in activities outside your home:

  • How many people will you interact with?
  • Can you keep 6 feet of space between you and others?
  • Will you be outdoors or indoors?
  • What’s the length of time that you will be interacting with people?

The CDC has more information on assessing risk and Tips for Reducing Risk.