“Social distancing is not only a government measure but is everyone’s business”, Acting Police Commissioner, Mostyn Mangau said.

In one of his weekly media conferences, Mangau said social distancing is a measure given by the health ministry to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:

  •  Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings

Mr Mangau said that although the country has no confirmed cases of COVID-19, the public is encouraged to practice this method.

Mangau said these measures are put in place to help prepare people for the worst.

"We at the Police, Health and other government agencies try as much as possible to inform and advise people and our community of this health measures. Getting people to practice good personal hygiene like wash hands regularly with soap and water," Mangau said.

He said though endorsed by government it does not mean it is only applicable to government employees. He said the measures are for everyone to take note of.

"If you do not follow the advice given by health and government authorities, you are putting your family at risk. You can easily catch and spread the virus and posing a danger to our family members."

Mangau encouraged the general public to practise social distancing at this time of COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period.

Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs.