Why social distancing is important

Social distancing is a way to slow down or stop the spread of infectious diseases such as the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) by limiting contact between you and other people.

If you’re currently a tourist in Cape Town and uncertain about what this means for you, we recommend reading this.

A helpful guide

Social distancing guidelines from the Department of Health

  • Do not leave your house unless it’s essential.
  • Do not attend school or classes as of Wednesday, 18 March 2020 until after Easter.
  • Do not attend gatherings of more than 100 people.
  • Greet people using your elbows or feet.
  • Keep your house as clean as possible and disinfect utensils, surfaces, floors and furniture.
  • Avoid using the same utensils and bathroom facilities as a sick person.
  • Make sure you disinfect your bathroom area as droplets can be transmitted.
  • Open windows and doors to let fresh air inside at all times.
  • Avoid going out to restaurants, clubs, malls and other public spaces.
  • Check on your loved ones through social media and your smartphone.
  • Hold out on any non-essential physical socialising like going on a date or partying with friends.
  • Cancel any playdates and playground time for the kids.

The video below explains why social distancing is important.


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“Nowhere to hide” “where do we go?” are headlines of various news agencies that have caused a population panic over COVID-19. I want to stress the basic yet POWERFUL way to defeat this! please share this and show it to family members who do not have access to it. It will give them a better sense of understanding to why we are having these closings, and a sense of calamity in the midst of all the chaos. I know it’s a bit long, but I had to make sure everyone understands that this can be beat, but each and EVERY single one of us must play an active role in doing so! It does not only fall on the healthcare workers, it falls on all of us as a unity to defeat this. How? Social Distancing . #corona #coronavirus #covid-19 #medicine #virus

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