Am I allowed outside?

What is allowed when social distancing

  • See family and friends if it's essential.
  • Walk your dog for some exercise is important.
  • If you have no symptoms, provide essential care for elderly relatives and neighbors.
  • Go to the shop for food and groceries.
  • Exercise at a safe distance from others.


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Am I allowed outside?

Am I allowed outside?


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Keeping social distance

If people have to go outside, they should keep at least a 2m (6.5ft) distance from others.

People with flu-like symptoms such as a dry cough and high temperature should self-isolate at home to avoid infecting others.

Social distancing is necessary

The new virus spreads when an infected person coughs small droplets into the air. These can be breathed in, or you can become infected when you touch a surface they have landed on, and then touch your face with unwashed hands.

  • Social distancing involves working from home if possible.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel.
  • Stay away from crowded places.
  • Avoid gatherings with friends and family.

What is allowed when social distancing

  • See family and friends if it's essential.
  • Walk your dog for some exercise is important.
  • If you have no symptoms, provide essential care for elderly relatives and neighbors.
  • Go to the shop for food and groceries.
  • Exercise at a safe distance from others.


Self-isolation means staying at home. Do what you can to limit social contact to a minimum when you have to leave the house.

  • If you have a fever of above 37,8C, a persistent cough or breathing problem, you must stay at home for seven days from the day symptoms start.
  • If those living with you develop symptoms, the entire household needs to isolate for 14 days and monitor for signs of disease.
  • If someone else becomes ill during that period, their seven-day isolation starts that day.

People with severe health conditions

The most vulnerable group should not go out at all for at least 12 weeks. Others in the same household, and carers, can go out provided they observe proper social distancing. The most vulnerable group includes:

  • Certain types of cancer patients
  • Organ transplant patients
  • People with certain genetic diseases
  • People with acute respiratory conditions like cystic fibrosis and severe chronic bronchitis
  • People receiving specific drug treatments which suppress the immune system
  • Pregnant women with heart disease.

Living with a vulnerable person

  • Keep at least 2m away from a vulnerable person during any period of isolation.
  • Wash your hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Keep all rooms well-ventilated.
  • Limit time spent together in shared spaces, like kitchens.
  • Use separate towels.
  • Vulnerable persons should use a separate bathroom, if possible. Or, the bathroom surfaces should be wiped after every use.



The rule of '6 feet apart'
The rule of '6 feet apart'

This rules appeared because recent research has shown that respiratory droplets can travel around 6 feet. 

However, while we cannot be absolutely sure that this distance will stop the sp...

Social distancing made more attractive

In order to better handle the current situation, experts recommend going out for walks or exercise at off-hours and alone, if possible.

If you really want to spend time with your friend or neighbor, just make sure to keep the 6 feet apart rule and everything should be alright. Remember the further away, the better.

The exception to the rule

Everybody knows or, at least, should know by now the rule of the 6 feet apart. This distance is recommended in the current period, in order to slow down the spread of the virus. 

However, one exception to these rules refers to public gatherings, which usually take place in parks or on beaches: gatherings that imply more than ten people are overall to be avoided, even if the recommended distance can be kept.

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Elders and anyone with a compromised immune system have to be taken care of by limiting direct contact with them while making sure any contact is done after thoroughly washing the hands. One can stay connected using text messages, phone calls or video chat, as we have to avoid visiting elders at any cost.

Being With An Exposed Person

Infected people are initially unable to realize they are, in fact, infected, as there are no symptoms. Yet they are spreading the infection to others silently.

  • It is imperative to limit contact with others in one’s household, and practice social distancing from them, in separate rooms.
  • Wash your hands regularly and maintain good hygiene.
  • Do not share utensils or household items.
  • Clean surfaces like remote controllers, handles, faucets and your phone, with mild cleaning liquids.
  • Self-quarantine is required for at least 14 days.

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It is crucial to have access to reliable, consistent information and updates so that people can understand what we know, what we don’t know and how we are trying to close this gap.
Public health and government services should provide detailed information about the symptoms of the new virus, its typical course, how many are being cared for at hospitals, and for how long.

Coping mechanisms
  • Create a sense of community and connection with others: talk often to your friends and your family members.
  • Create a sense of effectiveness: assign yourself work, exercise indoors or immerse yourself in creative activities.
  • Create a sense of purpose: offering to help others from a distance can help create a sense of purpose and community. Also, take care of your household; consider rearranging the furniture or cleaning the house.