Why is social distancing necessary?
Social Distancing is important because coronavirus spreads when an infected person coughs small droplets – packed with the virus – into the air. These can be breathed in, or cause an infection if you touch a surface they have landed on, then your eyes, nose or mouth.
The less time people spend together, the less chance there is of this happening.
Everyone is now being told to follow self-distancing measures, especially the over-70s, pregnant women and adults normally eligible for a flu jab.
How to self-distance
- Work from home whenever possible
- Avoid all unnecessary travel
- Stay away from crowded places like clubs, theatres and other such social venues
- Avoid gatherings with friends and families wherever possible
- Cafes, pubs and restaurants have been ordered to close – a measure the government will enforce “strictly”
What am I allowed to do when social distancing?
- You can go for a walk or run outdoors if you stay 2m (6ft) away from others
- You can see family and friends if it’s essential
- You can walk your dog
- You can provide essential care for elderly relatives and neighbours if you have no symptoms
- You can go to the shops to buy food and groceries