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COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Physical distancing and self-isolation

Updated April 28, 2020

Physical distancing


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Physical distancing means taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with. It can help you reduce the risk of getting sick.


When to do it

All the time, indoors and outdoors.​

What to do​

  • Stay at home when or where possible.
  • Keep at least 2 metres (the length of a bicycle) from others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze, or do so into your elbow.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water isn’t available.
  • Shop at less busy times or better yet, order online for delivery.
  • Minimize errands.
  • Avoid contact with others where possible.
  • Avoid touching your face.​
  • Don’t invite visitors into your home and don’t visit theirs.
  • Don’t use public amenities like playgrounds and avoid crowded places and gatherings.​

For additional information about physical distancing in parks spaces, natural areas, pathways and more.

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Maintain at least two metres between yourself and anyone else.
Maintain at least two metres between yourself and anyone else.

Self-isolation


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Self-Isolation means avoiding situations where you could infect other people. It is a good way to help prevent the spread of infections like COVID-19.

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As of March 25, Albertans are legally required under public health order to self-isolate for:

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  • 14 days if you have returned from travel outside of Canada, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
  • 10 days if you have any COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat), which are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition.

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Information |  As of March 25, Albertans are legally required under public health order to self-isolate for:

 

  • 14 days if you have returned from travel outside of Canada, or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
  • 10 days if you have any COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat), which are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition.

When to do it

  • If you are sick.
  • If you have recently traveled outside of Canada.
  • If you had contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • If you had COVID-19 symptoms not related to a pre-existing condition (cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat).
  • If you were advised by a medical professional – EVEN IF you have no symptoms.

What to do

  • Stay at home. Monitor yourself for symptoms. Take the COVID-19 self-assessment.
  • Use delivery or pick-up services for errands. Ask family or friends to drop off food, medicine and other supplies.
  • If you live with others, keep at least 2 metres between yourself and them. Stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom. Stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom.
  • Keep your hands clean and wear a mask if available.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces you touch often. After using common items, be sure to wash them thoroughly using soap and water, or clean them in the dishwasher or washing machine.
  • Do not touch other people, healthy or otherwise.
  • Do not go to an ER or clinic.
  • Do not go out unless it’s an emergency.
  • Do not share household items.
  • Do not touch pets if you live with other people.
  • Avoid contaminating common items or surfaces.
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The City is asking employers to move toward teleworking wherever possible, and to take other physical distancing measures like:
  1. Social distancing strategies amongst staff and customers (2 metre minimum)
  2. Choose virtual meetings
  3. Telework options for staff
  4. Limiting public access to certain facilities/spaces
  5. Ghost shifting – one shift of staff completely leaves the office space before the other shift arrives. Cleaning of common spaces occurs between the shift change.
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