Physical distancing (social distancing) (COVID-19)

In light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Public Health Sudbury & Districts is recommending we all do our part and follow physical distancing (social distancing) guidelines.

Gatherings and closures: guidance

The Government of Ontario has prohibited all large events and public gatherings of over 5 people (as of March 28, 2020). Organizers who have questions about exceptions are encouraged to contact Public Health Sudbury & Districts.

The community is asked to recognize the risk of attending public gatherings and to practise physical distancing as much as possible until further notice to manage the spread of illness.

What is physical distancing (social distancing)

Physical distancing means limiting the number of people you come into close contact with and distancing from each other to reduce the opportunity for the virus to spread from person to person.

We all need to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. It’s vital we all follow guidelines:

Why is physical distancing important

When someone coughs or sneezes 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 the disease (COVID-19) (WHO, 2019). COVID-19 can also be spread via direct contact with surfaces that are potentially contaminated with the virus. Practicing physical distancing slows the spread! A reminder that physical distancing applies to everyone. Let’s all do our part to protect our health care system and vulnerable populations. Stay healthy. Stop the spread. Flatten the curve.

How to practice physical distancing

Avoid crowded spaces and stay two metres apart from others when you will be in public areas.

Key recommendations to protect the most vulnerable include:

These guidelines do NOT mean “you must stay in your home.” Physical distancing does not have to mean social isolation. Connecting with others using the key points above means that you can safely interact with others, if even virtually. For example, you can connect using technology or go outside to take a walk.

Mental health

The current circumstances, which for many include significant disruption to their daily lives, can be very stressful and can impact our mental health. There are a number of strategies that you can consider to support your mental health.


This item was last modified on March 31, 2020