The more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread!
What should I do?
All Australians are required to stay home unless it is absolutely necessary to go outside.
Your house should be kept to a minimum number of guests. Extended family gatherings, barbeques, birthday parties and house parties are not permitted.
Even though it may seem simple, practicing good hygiene habits such as washing your hands and covering your cough will help to stop or slow the spread of many diseases.
Social distancing at home
According to the Australian Department of Health, you should as follows:
- Practice good hygiene and limit physical contact (handshaking and kissing when possible) inside their homes.
- Make sure surfaces in the home are regularly disinfected, maintain good ventilation, visit supermarkets "sparingly" and reconsider non-essential travel and outings.
Households where people are ill with COVID-19* :
- Care for the sick person in a single room if possible.
- Carers for the sick person should be kept to a minimum.
- Both the carer and the sick person should wear a mask and maintain a distance whenever possible.
- Protect other vulnerable family members.
Social distancing in the workplace
If you have coronavirus or suspect you could have it, self-isolate at home instead. You must stay at home and away from others.
Australians are being encouraged to work from home if possible. Hold meetings via video conferencing or phone calls.
A distance should be maintained whenever possible if you still must go into work. You should have lunch at your desk or outside rather than in the lunchroom. Workplaces should provide hand sanitizers for all staff, surfaces should be regularly disinfected and good ventilation should be maintained.
Social distancing in schools
The same first rule for social distancing at work applies at school: if you suspect your child is sick or if they are showing coronavirus symptoms, do not send them to school (or childcare).
Schools have been instructed not to hold any large gatherings and maintain a distance between children whenever possible.
Teachers and school staff instruct students to wash their hands regularly, clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly and conduct lessons outdoors where possible.
Social distancing in public
You should travel at quiet times and try to avoid crowds or any unnecessary travel and if possible travel outside of public transport peak hours. After traveling on public transport you should wash your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizes.
You should try as good as possible to maintain a distance between you and others, avoid touching surfaces and your face.
Public transport workers and taxi drivers should open vehicle windows where possible, and regularly clean and disinfect high touch surfaces.
For the latest advice, information and resources, go to https://www.health.gov.au/
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