Updated May 18, 2020
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the term “social distancing” has become nearly universal. Social distancing has been a key strategy to slow the spread of coronavirus and “flatten the curve.” As businesses plan for reopening over the next several months, many professionals across a number of industries are asking what social distancing will mean for their business operations in the near future. This article explains what social distancing looks like in a health club setting.
What Is Social Distancing?
Social distancing is a public health practice that aims to keep potentially infectious people from coming into contact with healthy, uninfected people. It is a key part of a mitigation strategy to slow the spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19, through communities to protect high-risk populations and prevent (or contain) surges in illness that could overwhelm the healthcare system. Current recommendations around COVID-19 and social distancing include keeping at least 6 feet (2 meters) separation between people when out in public, and wearing a cloth face covering when other social distancing measures are harder to maintain.