Stay 6 feet apart: Physical distancing

When you have to go out, stay 6 feet apart from other people.

What to do

Stay home. But if you have to go outside to get essential services:

  • Avoid groups
  • Cover your face with a bandana, scarf, or cloth
  • Keep 6 feet between you and everyone else at all times
  • Minimize how long you spend with people outside your household 
  • Wipe any surfaces you need to touch with antibacterial wipes

Avoid running or biking directly in front of or through groups of people. When you exercise outdoors, you may spread droplets farther than normal.

At your home

You do not need to stay 6 feet apart from people in your own household. 

Avoid spending time in community lounges and other common spaces in your building.

Limit the number of people coming into your home, including cleaning and delivery workers. See other tips about living with others during the coronavirus pandemic.

At the store

When you are out of your home at stores, pharmacies, outdoor markets, or getting healthcare:

  • Keep 6 feet of distance between you and others in a line
  • Wear a face covering
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Try not to touch things unless you need to
  • Give the people who serve you as much room (and patience) as you can
  • Cover your cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow, not your hands

If you notice a service provider has symptoms of cold or flu, move away from them. Their supervisor may ask that they go home.

Businesses must set up for physical distancing

Last updated May 29, 2020