Social Distancing is now Physical Distancing

Following the lead of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and other public health partners, we are now using the phrase “physical distancing” instead of “social distancing” in campus communications about COVID-19.

This change helps emphasize that while we should continue to stay 6 feet apart, we should also maintain our social connections, keep in touch with our friends and families, and work together to support our own well-being and that of our communities. 

Just remember…Avoid close contact with others and practice physical distancing.

  • Stay at home as much as possible. Cancel events and avoid groups, gatherings, play dates, and nonessential appointments.
  • Avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from other people, when possible.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

Over the next couple of months, you will likely hear both us talk about both social distancing and physical distancing interchangeably as we adjust to this new way of speaking.