The term "social distancing" has become common throughout the world. Experts advise it's really more about "physical distancing", with socializing (from a distance) being more important than ever during difficult times. See below for helpful information regarding how to safely distance and socialize during the Stay Home Stay Safe order.
Use Caution when Outside
The Governor has directed us to stay home and safe, however there are limited permitted activities that allow you to go outside. When outdoors, please be responsible with your actions. When out walking your dog or going for a jog, it's common to see a neighbor heading toward you on the street or sidewalk. You want to visit, but you're worried about social distancing. The Governor's Executive Order FAQ states, "Persons may engage in expressive activities protected by the First Amendment within the State of Michigan, but must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the person’s household."
When outdoors, keep the following guidelines in mind:
1) If you can, step off the sidewalk so that you can run or walk while keeping six feet between those passing you on the street or sidewalk. 2) If your neighbor stops to chat, be sure to stay six feet apart while speaking. 3) The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Wearing a mask before stepping outside for some exercise will make you feel more at ease while out and about.
It's OK to Stay Connected
During a time when you, your friends and loved ones may be struggling, it's more important than ever to stay in touch, from a distance. Pick up the phone, send an email or text, or schedule a video call so you can stay connected. Think about your friends and extended family. Is there anyone you haven't heard from recently? If so, take this opportunity to check on them with a quick call or text. This pandemic has affected all of us in different ways. People you care about may be dealing with unemployment, death of a loved one, depression, loneliness or anxiety. Reach out and brighten their day.
Social Distancing Violations
The City has received many questions about what to do if you see a party at a neighbor's house, a contractor who is working on non-essential projects, or a group of kids playing soccer. These situations can be reported to the
Birmingham Police dispatch at 248-530-1889. The Birmingham Police Department is committed to enforcing the Governor's order so that together we can stay safe and healthy.