Practice Social Distancing

What does it mean when people say practice social distancing?

Right now, it means:

  • Keep at least 6-feet between you and others. For many adults, that is approximately their arm span.
  • Avoid shaking hands or hugging as a social greeting.
  • Consider avoiding social gatherings/community events where you cannot maintain a 6-foot space between you and others.
  • It is nearly impossible in large group settings to maintain recommended social distancing. As a result, Quad City organizations are encouraged to postpone social gathering/community events of 10 people more.
  • Consider shopping at non-peak hours and take advantage of delivery or pick-up services with retailers.
  • When going out to eat, consider going at a time when the restaurant won’t be as busy, or use carry-out and take your food home.
  • Follow the visitor guidance of hospitals and nursing homes/assisted living centers.
  • If you have traveled to an area where there is known community-spread, consider self-isolating for 14 days when you get home.
  • Stay at home if you are feeling sick.
  • If you are an older adult, or have an underlying health condition, stay home as much as you can.
  • Currently, there are no recommendations to cancel small family and social gatherings, but this could change in the future.


Social distancing is one of ways that we can all work together to slow the spread of COVID-19 and avoid overwhelming our medical health care resources. #spreadfactsnotthevirus

March 14, 2020