Social distancing means avoiding close contact with people who do not live with you. Government guidelines recommend keeping a distance of at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people when you are out and about and at work, and wearing a face covering when staying 3 steps away is not physically possible to do so.
This is because coronavirus spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes small droplets – packed with the virus – into the air. These can be breathed in, or transmitted through touch, if you touch a surface they have landed on, then your eyes, nose or mouth.
What are the rules for social distancing?
How far is 2m?
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NHS general guidance for social distancing: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/social-distancing/what-you-need-to-do/