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Physical distancing guidelines for home and work

Physical distancing is an effective way to reduce the spread of illness. This means making changes in your everyday routines to minimize close contact with others. Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep physical distance between each other.

If you have questions, phone toll free 1-877-374-0425 or email covid19info@gov.yk.ca

At home and when doing errands

  • Avoid non-essential gatherings (no gathering of more than 10 people)
  • Avoid common greetings, such as handshakes
  • Avoid crowded places such as stores during busy times
  • Limit contact with people at higher risk like older adults and people in poor health
  • Keep a distance of at least 2 metres (6 feet) ‒ from others as much as possible

Download signs and guidelines for your home

In the workplace

Download signs and guidelines for your business

There are steps you can take to practise physical distancing in your business, and keep your staff and clients safe.

You can have more than 10 people visit your business at once, but they must keep a physical distance of at least 2 metres (6 feet) from one another.

Make sure people keep their physical distance

  • Put lines of tape on the floor 2-metres (6-feet) apart at any location within your business where people may line up or congregate (for example, the checkout counter, service desk, display, etc.)
  • Post a sign that reminds people waiting in line to keep a 2-metre (6-foot) distance between each other.
  • If you have a waiting area, remove chairs to ensure space between clients.
  • Remove items like magazines, pens and papers from common areas to reduce contact.

Control the number of people in your business at any time

  • Encourage your clients to order online and have the goods delivered, if possible.
  • Make goods available for curbside pick-up.
  • Consider asking clients to wait outside your office or business.

Keep your hands clean and minimize contact with others

  • Don’t shake hands. Greet your clients with a smile or a wave.
  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer if water isn’t available, between serving clients, and frequently throughout the day.
  • Consider accepting debit or credit only to minimize contact from exchanging cash.
  • Make hand sanitizer available for clients and your staff.
  • Place paper tissues near doorways for people to use to open door handles.
  • Provide a trash can next to the door for immediate disposal of the tissue:
    • when emptying the garbage, take care to not touch used tissues with your hands; and
    • line the garbage with a plastic bag makes waste disposal easier and safer.

Sanitize frequently

  • Regularly sanitize high-use surfaces like door handles, debit machines, telephones, computer monitors and keyboards, etc.
  • Sanitize the handle of grocery carts and baskets between each use.

Limit access to communal spaces

  • Close access to your staff room or communal kitchen area.
  • Consider closing any public bathrooms.

Monitor and protect your health

  • If you or any of your staff feel sick – even mildly – stay home.
  • Add your logo to the sign we’ve provided and put it on your front door or window asking people not to come in if:
    • they’ve travelled outside Yukon in the past 14 days;
    • they’re sick; or
    • if they’ve been in contact with someone who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days.