COVID-19: Keep your Distance

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When you should stay 6 feet apart

If you are unvaccinated, practice physical distancing whenever you are around people that are not within your household, especially indoors.

Why you should keep 6 feet apart

COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period. Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important that unvaccinated people stay at least 6 feet away from others when possible, even if you—or they—do not have any symptoms.

How to stay 6 feet apart

To help visualize, 6 feet is about two arm lengths. Also, many businesses have added signage to the floor in checkout lanes and shopping aisles to help guide you.

Last Revised: June 7, 2021

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 The information on this page contains Department of Health Services (DHS) recommendations, some of which may be required based on state or local orders. Please contact your local or tribal health department for more information on COVID-19 related public health orders in your community.