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03/18/2020

Reminder: Practice social distancing to guard against COVID-19

The town of Cape Elizabeth would like to remind residents to practice social distancing as we continue to protect against the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. "We have a lot of younger people getting out to enjoy the sun and fresh air, which is great, but we need to encourage the best practices of social distancing," said Town Manager Matthew Sturgis.

These steps are recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but you an download more detailed best practices here:

Know How it Spreads

Illustration: woman sneezing on man
  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

Illustration: washing hands with soap and water

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Illustration: Woman quarantined to her home

Avoid close contact