Be like Mike: Burnaby mayor shows correct physical distance

While Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley hasn’t been as vocal as some other politicians when it comes to holding press conferences, he is helping be seen with positive messages.

The latest is a photo that shows Hurley demonstrating the correct distance people should be from each other during the pandemic.

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Social, or physical, distancing is what most people are practising right now. If you haven’t returned from international travel, aren’t sick and haven’t been exposed to a probable case of COVID-19, officials say you should be practising social or physical distancing. That means staying at home as much as possible.

You are still allowed to go outside, but officials say to limit outings to essential purposes only, such as grocery shopping, picking up medication or take-out food, solo exercise or a walk for your mental health.

When you do go out, officials say it should only be with the people you live with and you should keep two metres apart (about the length of a queen-sized bed or the width of a car) from anyone else and avoid large groups.

“Yes, you can go outside, but go only with your family members in small groups. Maintain those distances. It is important to maintain our health and mental health through this,” provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control suggests using electronic options to connect with friends and family outside your home. The website also reminds everyone to cough into your elbow or sleeve instead of your hands, avoid touching your face — “Keep your hands at your side when possible” — and stay home if you feel at all sick.

  • With files from the Victoria Times Colonist

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