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Covid-19 in France: What is ‘social distancing’?

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe made the social distancing recommendation as part of a wider statement on measures to stop the spread of Covid-19 in France

Nous devons éviter au maximum de se rassembler, limiter les réunions amicales et familiales, n’utiliser les transports en commun que pour le travail, et seulement si la présence physique est indispensable, ne sortir que pour ses courses essentielles, un peu d’exercice ou voter.

The French Prime Minister has said France should employ “distanciation sociale” – or “social distancing” – including staying indoors and keeping at least one metre away from others. We explain more.

Social distancing is a strategy that includes avoiding – as much as possible – crowded places, meeting places, or close contact with groups or other people. These situations can enable viruses to spread easily between people.

Viruses can generally be stopped from spreading easily when people maintain a distance of at least one metre between themselves and others. The greater the distance, the more effective the strategy becomes.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe made the recommendation as part of a wider statement on measures to stop the spread of Covid-19 in France.

He said: “We must avoid gathering as much as possible; limit friendly and family gatherings; use public transport only for work, and only if physical presence is completely necessary; only go out for essential shopping, to take a little exercise or for voting [in the municipal elections].”

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