Social Distancing is a routine of avoiding crowds, public gatherings, or any place you closely or frequently encounter large groups of people.  It’s generally a good idea to not be a jerk at all times, but amid the coronavirus pandemic, practicing common courtesy can help keep yourself and other safe.  (according to

As the virus spreads globally and disrupts life more, you should be forming new habits and avoiding certain bad behaviors that may have never occurred to you weeks ago.  It is not only good for your health, but crucial to ensuring that others around you stay healthy as well.

As much as humanly possible, please refrain from congregating with large groups of people.  Disregard any concerns of FOMO you hay have and say no if a friend invites you out.  Many cities and states such as San Francisco, Oregon, and Seattle have banned gatherings as small as 100 people.  Sporting events, concerts, and other big congregations of people are largely canceled.  The less people are packed into small spaces, the better chance we have of “fattening the curve”.

TERM - Social Distancing:   Social distancing is a term applied to certain actions that are taken by Public Health officials to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagions disease.  The Health Officer has the legal authority to carry out social distancing measures.

What are Social Distancing Measures:   Social distancing measures are taken to restrict when and where people can gather to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases.  Social distancing measures include limiting large groups of people coming together, closing buildings and canceling events.

Some Examples of Social Distancing measures:

  • Public and private colleges suspending classes
    • Going to web-based learning and cancelling all large campus meetings and gatherings.
  • Public and private libraries modifying their operations and restricting people from gathering
    • Allowing people to come in only to pick up materials that have been reserved or requested online or by telephone.
  • Businesses changing company practices
    • Setting up flexible shift plans
    • Have employees telecommute and canceling any large meetings or conferences.
  • Closing of all Public and Private K-12 schools and facilities and childcares
  • Closing all community centers, malls and theaters
  • Suspending all house of worships (church).

Additionally, during a pandemic all indoor and outdoor events that attract large crowds would be cancelled.  These events include sports events, concerts, parades and festivals.  Mass transit systems may also be temporarily closed or be used only for essential travel.

During a Pandemic, it will be critical to understand what you may be asked or required to do.  It will be important to follow any Public Health Social Distancing instructions or any other instructions or orders that may be given. 

Even though it may seem simple, practicing hygiene habits such as washing your hands and covering your cough will help to stop or slow the spread of many diseases. 

Stay informed and plan ahead.  For more information about health issues and emergency preparedness, please visit the following websites:

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