What is physical distancing?

Physical distancing is a way all of us can help slow the spread of COVID-19. With the island opening back up, we wanted to remind you of the purpose of social distancing so that we open back up safely and responsibly. By limiting our physical contact with others and staying away from crowded places where a virus can easily spread, we minimize the chances of spreading the virus. 

How does social distancing help?

Coronavirus has affected us in ways beyond belief. Economically, financially, emotionally and physically. It can be difficult to maintain our distance in these difficult times when all we want to do is be around those we love. We need to remind ourselves that we do things like these to slow the spread of this virus and protect people who are at high risk for serious infection. We all need to do our part. If we practice physical distancing, we limit the number of people who are sick at one time. That will make it possible for healthcare workers to care for those who are ill. Practicing physical distancing means you are helping to protect not only yourself, but others too. 

How do I practice social distancing?

It’s important to limit your contact with others, but you can still leave your home, if you need to. If you decide to go out, stay 2 meters (6 ft.) away from others and wash your hands often. 

Things you can do at home:

Do a little something for yourself, like:

  • Work out at home
  • Read a good book
  • Listen to music
  • Clean your home/bedroom
  • Cook a meal or bake
  • Watch YouTube or stream a favourite show
  • Arts & crafts
  • Nap
  • Study or do homework
  • Order takeout

Connect with others:

  • Check on friends and family members with a text, call, or social media
  • Check on elderly neighbours over phone, email or social media
  • Share memes and gifs
  • Play video games
  • Group video chats

You can still do things in the community while you practice physical distancing. Try to stick to activities where you can keep a safe distance from other people such as:

  • Take a walk (while staying 2m apart from others)
  • Do yard work
  • Go for a run or bike ride
  • Go for a drive

Sometimes you can’t avoid contact with others. In that case, be very careful when going out to:

  • Shop for groceries or pick up food
  • Use public transit
  • Go to important appointments
  • Pick-up prescription medication

After months of isolation, we now have a real glimpse of hope! We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s see each other responsibly and reduce the chances of a second infection wave. This is our time, Cayman. We all have an important role to keep ourselves and our community safe.