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Social Distancing: This is What it Means Plus FREE Printable

This week, in response to the rapid spread of this new global virus, we are being directed to practice “social distancing” immediately, as the only way to slow and reverse the rapid spread of the pandemic. But what is social distancing? What does it mean?

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Social distancing means reducing close contact between people. The way to accomplish social distancing starts with limiting large groups of people coming together by closing events, buildings, services, stores—any place that people routinely gather.

And that begs a lot of questions! Can we go to the store? Pick up fast food at a drive-thru? Travel?

FREE Printable: Social Distancing Guidelines

I’ve been wondering the same things and have spent hours researching, listening, and asking my own questions of professionals and experts to come up with the following general Social Distancing Guideline for healthy people who have not been exposed and are not showing signs or symptoms (high fever, body aches, shortness of breath, and cough).

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These are the situations you and your family should cancel, postpone, stay away from, and otherwise avoid until further notice.

  • Crowded stores
  • Group gatherings
  • Visitors in your home
  • Non-essential workers in your home
  • Mass transit systems
  • Workouts in gyms
  • Sporting events
  • Concerts
  • Theaters
  • Playdates
  • Sleepovers



Caution includes keeping space of a least six feet (6 ft.)  between you and non-family in these situations. Carry sanitizing wipes and use them—to clean your credit card if handed to a machine or another person; to clean your hands after touching any surfaces in these places. Wash your hands with soap and water as often as possible.

  • Traveling
  • Restaurant visits
  • Grocery stores
  • Getting take-out
  • Pick up medications
  • Play in the park
  • Visit the library
  • Church services



While you are most likely safe to participate in the following, make sure you continue to practice good hygiene as outlined above.

  • Take a walk
  • Check on an elderly neighbor
  • Go for a hike
  • Yardwork
  • Play in the yard
  • Organize storage areas
  • Read a good book
  • Cook a meal
  • Family fun time
  • Facetime with grandkids
  • Go for a drive
  • Stream your favorite shows
  • Listen to music
  • Take an online class


FREE Printable: Social Distancing Guidelines

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  1. Kim says:

    What about my dd orthodontist appointment tomorrow? Its a big hour long adjustment. I could wait in the car and read if it’s not nice enough to walk.

  2. Michelle says:

    I am concerned about how safe it is to be around healthcare workers. My children stay with their father a few days a week and his girlfriend is a nurse. Should I worry about them being more exposed to the possibility of catching the virus if they are around her or their father if he’s been around her recently?

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