Physical distancing means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who aren’t from your household. To practice physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who aren’t from your household whether indoors or outside.
All university classrooms and campus common areas have been set to meet physical distance guidelines. In some instances where space is limited (e.g. certain lab environments) or when physical interaction is required for instruction or health purposes (e.g. for demonstration purposes and/or getting a health screening), additional personal protective equipment may be required.
Physical distancing should be practiced in combination with other everyday preventive actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks, avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands and frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period. Spreading happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks and droplets from their mouth or nose become airborne and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies indicate people who are infected but don’t have symptoms may also play a role in the spread of COVID-19. Since people can spread the virus before they know they’re sick, it’s important to stay at least 6 feet away from others when possible, even if you—or they—don’t have any symptoms.