Frequently asked questions about social distancing
As a result of the lockdown, all South Africans who do not work in essential services must stay at home. Staying at home can help stop the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). During the lockdown you may need to leave home if you work in essential services, or if you need to get groceries or go to the pharmacy. If you have to leave home we strongly advise that you take social distancing measures to stop the spread of Covid-19.
What is social distancing?
Social distancing (sometimes known as ‘Physical distancing’) is about keeping a safe distance from others so that you reduce the transmission of Covid-19. Social distancing is also about reducing the number of social contacts one has with different people and so minimising your, and their, chances of being exposed to the virus
This is about physical distance. For your own mental health, you can, and should, keep in touch with friends and family via the phone, or online. Keep yourself out of any situation where you come into face-to-face contact with others closer than 1.5 metres away.
Physical distancing is an important way for anyone who doesn’t need to be in self-isolation to help stop the spread of Covid-19. Please refer to our guide on staying at home and self-isolation for more information.
Who should be socially distancing?
To stop the spread of Covid-19, the lockdown requires that everyone in South Africa must stay at home. If you must leave home then implement social distancing as much as possible to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family, particularly if you:
- are over 70
- have an underlying health condition
- are pregnant