All of us in the neighborhood, county, state, and country are facing similar challenges right now. Although it doesn’t make it easier, there is some comfort in knowing that even though we’re practicing social distancing separately, we are all in it together. There is a mandatory Stay at Home order in Maryland right now, and most recently we’ve been ordered to wear face coverings when going out in public. More information is located here.
What does social distancing actually mean? It means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:
- Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people
- Do not gather in groups
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatheringsAccording to the CDC, keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to this virus and slowing its spread locally and across the country and world. Currently, everyone should limit close contact with individuals outside your household in indoor and outdoor spaces. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you have no symptoms. Social distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.We can still take walks, according to Governor Hogan. He states, “You should be able to get outside for your own physical and mental well-being and go for a walk and take your dog for a walk.”
To view current updated COVID-19 data for all of Maryland, including P.G. County, there is an entire page dedicated to it with current information here.