🇨🇦Should I go outside in the COVID-19 era? (Outdoor Play Canada)

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From the website: “Can I go outside? Is it even safe for me to go outside? As “social distancing”, “physical distancing”, and “self-isolation” enter the global public lexicon and we are transfixed to the news trying to understand how to protect ourselves and our loved ones, there has been a great deal of confusion as to whether we can go outside and take our children out to play.

Canadians are being asked to practice social distancing (more recently and appropriately being called physical distancing) to decrease the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Physical distancing involves ‘taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with’. Unless you are told to self-isolate, practicing physical distancing includes going outdoors. In fact, the Ottawa Public Health Unit lists ‘spending time outside and in settings where people can maintain a 1-2 metre distance from each other’ as one of the ways to practice physical distancing.

Many people may assume they should stay indoors, when in fact, they should stay apart. This can be readily, and responsibly done in the outdoors, while benefiting from its many health promoting features.”

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