Today, in a separate communication, we have released detailed information about
we are making in our municipal services and procedures.
A major purpose of all of these changes is to promote the robust social distancing that’s needed to slow the spread of this virus. At an individual level, social distancing includes such measures as: avoiding crowds, staying 6-10 feet away from others, avoiding contact with people who are sick, not shaking hands etc.
From a broader perspective, it’s important for all of us to understand that taking steps to slow the number of cases serves another vital purpose as well: given this virus’s potential for rapid spread, slowing the number of cases helps to avoid a spike in cases that could exceed the capacity of our healthcare system to provide needed care. This goal, which is known as “flattening the curve,” is shown here: