Across Canada and in many parts of the world, public health authorities have called on all of us to limit unnecessary errands, stay home from school, and work from home (if possible) in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Here’s a video from the government of Canada that explains social distancing:

You may be wondering: Is it safe for my children to play outside? Can I still go for a walk or a bike ride in my neighbourhood? Is it okay to invite a neighbour over for a playdate?

If you have no symptoms of illness and are not under a quarantine order, guidelines published by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) say:

  • Yes, it is safe for you and your child to go outside to play and exercise if you are not under a quarantine order, but stay close to home and always keep a distance of at least 2 arm-lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others.
  • No, it is not safe to allow children to play at playgrounds.
  • No, it is not safe to meet up with friends or other family members to socialize or play indoors. The Canadian public health agency is encouraging virtual playdates for kids and virtual meetings.

The severity of the pandemic varies by region, and recommendations in your local area may differ. Please read and respect the recommendations posted online by your province’s or territory’s health authority

We must all continue to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with hot water and soap before you leave your house and whenever you return from outside.
  • If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms, or if you have traveled within the past 14 days, respect quarantine orders and do not leave your home. 
  • When you are outside or in public areas, maintain a distance of at least two metres (six feet) between you and other people who do not live with you. 

Although we must keep apart for now, we are all in this together. Let’s work as a team to get through this. 

This information was current as of April 6, 2020. It will be updated as required.