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Physical distancing

Help reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection by avoiding close contact with people you do not live with. 

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Businesses that have registered as COVID Safe want your feedback to make sure they are making you feel comfortable. Complete the online feedback form.

Have symptoms?

Come forward and get tested even if you only have mild symptoms like a cough. You can help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

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Find out what to do if it's not safe for you to stay at home. You can call our Domestic Violence Line anytime on 1800 65 64 63.

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Physical distancing means reducing the close physical contact we have with one another and staying 1.5 metres away from other people where possible. 

People living in the same household do not need to be 1.5 metres from each other.

Premises should consider how they can allow customers or groups of customers to practice physical distancing in their COVID-19 Safety Plans.


For community safety, encourage physical distancing

Physical distancing means staying 1.5m from another person

Slowing the spread of COVID-19 in NSW

NSW residents can help to reduce the risk of infection from COVID-19 (coronavirus) through physical distancing.

When physical distancing is combined with good personal hygiene, the spread of a pandemic through the community can be slowed. This helps protect the most vulnerable members of the community and reduces the impact of the pandemic on essential, life-saving health services.

There are many actions individuals, employers and organisations can take now to promote physical distancing and help reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection in our community.

Reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection

Combined with good personal hygiene, physical distancing can help keep us all safe and protect vulnerable people in our community.

Take these important steps to keep yourself and others safe.

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Keep a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and other people.
  • Do not shake hands, hug or kiss as a greeting.
  • Get a seasonal flu shot.
  • Avoid visiting vulnerable people, such as those in aged care facilities or hospitals, infants, or people with compromised immune systems.
  • If possible, use debit and credit cards instead of cash and make use of online and self-serve transactions.
  • If you do have symptoms, get tested and stay at home

Find out more about how you can protect yourself and others.

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