What can I do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?


There are a number of ways that people can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 


All Ontarians should also be taking the following actions to protect their health:

  • Practice Physical Distancing
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay at home if you are sick or unwell.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch objects and surfaces frequently




Physical Distancing Poster

Physical distancing means making changes to your everyday routines to limit close contact with others.

  • Keep a distance of at least 2 metres from others (that’s 6 feet, or a hockey stick!)
  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Avoid non-essential errands
  • Avoid gatherings or crowded places
  • Limit contact with people at high risk (older adults, people with compromised immune systems)
  • Work from home, if possible
  • Do not socialize in groups larger than five people unless from the same household (by order of Ontario Government)
  • Do not use outdoor amenities where people can gather such as playgrounds, sports fields, public beaches, unleashed dog parks, etc. (by order of the Ontario Government)
  • Physical Distancing (Public Health Agency of Canada)


What not to do while physical distancing:

  • No dinner parties
  • No sleepovers
  • No playdates
  • No families or groups together at the grocery store
  • No having friends over for coffee
  • No extended family gatherings


Who should practice physical distancing?

Everyone! We all have a role in doing what we can to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Remember: while you may not feel sick, and while we know these measures are an inconvenience, please be mindful of the members of our community who are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than others.


Anyone can take the COVID-19 self-assessment online to help determine how to seek further care and next steps. You can also call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.


Everyone, from children to adults, should practice social distancing at this time. While this is in effect, it is still just as important as ever to keep physically active for maintaining both physical and mental well-being. There are plenty of physical activities that can be done around the home. Some ideas include:

  • Going outside for some fresh air, a walk, a run, or a bike ride is okay - just remember to keep at least 2 metres (6 feet) between yourself and others and don’t gather together in groups.
  • Online exercise classes
  • Jump rope
  • Stair stepping
  • Planking
  • Lunges
  • Cleaning
  • Weight lifting



WHO – Stay Physically Active During Quarantine 

Active for Life – 200 Activities You Can do with Kids at Home 

Finding Balance – Exercises at the Kitchen Sink



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