What is physical distancing?

Physical distancing is about stopping the spread of COVID-19. It is often called social distancing - but we use the term physical distancing because we know it's important to maintain social links.

Physical distancing means:

  • Avoiding contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough. 
  • Avoiding non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour when possible. 
  • Working from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. 
  • Avoiding large gatherings, and gatherings in small public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, bars and clubs (these are currently closed in the UK in order to mitigate such gatherings)
  • Avoiding gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media. 
  • Using telephone or online services to contact your GP, other essential services and your friends & family.

You can find out more about that on NHS Inform’s website here.