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OSHA regulations mandate all businesses document requirements for face coverings, social distancing, and for signage around worksites.
What is social distancing?
According to the CDC, social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household. To practice social or physical distancing in indoor and outdoor spaces, stay at least 6 feet (about two arms’ length) from other people who are not a part of your household.
Limiting close face-to-face contact with others is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. When going out in public, it is essential to stay at least 6 feet away from other people and wear a mask. Here is a list of valuable tips on effective social distancing:
Know before you go: Before going out, know, and follow the guidance from local public health authorities where you live.
Prepare for transportation: Consider social distancing options when walking, bicycling, wheelchair rolling, using public transit rideshares or taxis. When using public transit, try to keep at least 6 feet from other passengers or transit operators – for example, when you are waiting at a bus station or selecting seats on a bus or train. When using rideshares or taxis, avoid pooled rides where multiple passengers are picked up, and sit in the back seat in larger vehicles so you can remain at least 6 feet away from the driver.
Limit contact when running errands: Only visit stores selling household essentials in person when you need to, and stay at least 6 feet away from others who are not from your household while shopping and waiting in lines. If possible, use the drive-thru, curbside pickup, or delivery services to limit face-to-face contact with others. Maintain physical distance between yourself and delivery service providers during exchanges and wear a mask.
Choose safe social activities: It is possible to stay socially connected with friends and family who don’t live in your home by calling, using video chat, or staying connected through social media. If meeting others in person (e.g., in a small outdoor yard or driveway gatherings with a small group of friends or family members), stay at least 6 feet from others who are not from your household.
Keep distance at events and gatherings: It is safest to avoid crowded places and gatherings where it may be challenging to stay at least 6 feet away from others who are not from your household. If you are in a crowded space, try to keep 6 feet of space between yourself and others at all times, and wear a mask. Masks are essential in times when physical distancing is difficult. Pay attention to any physical guides, such as tape markings on floors or signs on walls, directing attendees to remain at least 6 feet apart from each other at all times. Allow other people 6 feet of space when you pass by them in both indoor and outdoor settings.
Stay distanced while being active: Consider going for a walk, bike ride, or wheelchair roll in your neighborhood or in another safe location where you can maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and other pedestrians and cyclists. Check for closures or restrictions if you decide to visit a nearby park, trail, or recreational facility. If open, consider how many other people might be there and choose a location where it will be possible to keep at least 6 feet of space between yourself and other people not from your household.
You will find examples of requirements for face coverings, social distancing, and signage in the COVID-19 Plan. Review the materials provided to determine what will work for your organization. You will then add this information to your COVID-19 plan.