Social Distancing: What You Need to Know
What is Social Distancing?
Think small — only a few friends or family members at most. CDC’s defines social distancing as remaining out of congregate settings (such as shopping centers, movie theaters, stadiums), avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.
By practicing social distancing, we can reduce contact between people to slow down the spread of the virus. Even if you are symptom-free and not part of a high-risk group or an older adult, you still need to practice social distancing.
Can I go out in public places?
You should avoid public places if you cannot stay 6 feet away from other people. Think about how you can decrease close contacts and crowded places while COVID-19 is spreading through our communities. Some ideas for low-contact activities include outdoor activities, like hiking and bike riding.
Should I worry about the grocery store?
Try to avoid being close to others. Go to the store during off-hours to avoid crowds. Order your food online and pick it up or have it delivered. If you are in an area with home delivery, ask that your groceries be left at the door, rather than face-to-face interaction.
Should I visit my older adult relatives?
We would recommend not visiting your older adult relatives, who are at high risk from COVID-19. Public Health Order 20-20 current restricts visitors at all Colorado assisted living residences, skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities. Older adults and those with chronic health conditions should be isolating themselves as much as possible, including away from family members. However, it is important to keep in contact and talk to family on the phone often.
Can I have friends over?
Only have less than 10 friends at most. Practice not touching things, including your face. If you or someone else is sick, stay home. The idea is to decrease the size of gatherings while increasing the distance – at least 6 feet - between people. Review precautions and activity ideas from CDPHE’s recommendations for parents and guardians and continue to practice good hygiene.
Should I cancel large events that have been scheduled for a long time?
Yes, all large events should be canceled or postponed. As of March 15, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, following CDC guidance, recommends that event organizers (groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more (see Public Health Order). Review the CDC’s Interim Guidance for COVID-19.
Can I go to the gym or recreation center?
No, Public Health Order 20-22 closed all Colorado gyms, recreation centers, theaters, casinos and public seating at all restaurants and bars.
Social Distancing Resources and Articles
- CDC’s website on social distancing
- CDPHE’s recommendations for parents and guardians
- Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children (CDC)
- Information compiled from the CDC and from Johns Hopkins on What is social distancing and how can it slow the spread of COVID-19?