Physical distancing

What is physical distancing? 

Physical distancing (sometimes known as "social distancing") is about keeping a safe distance from others. 

This is about physical distance. For your own mental health you can, and should, keep in touch with friends and family via the phone, or online. 

Outside of your home, or if you are sick, keep a 2 metre distance from people at all times.

Physical distancing is an important way to unite against COVID-19.

Information about self-isolation

How to physically distance 

It’s best not to shake hands, kiss hello or hongi for now. 

Where you can, keep a bit of space. 

Hongi and harirū 

We are all being asked to play our part to refrain from physical contact to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

COVID-19 can spread from person to person through physical contact. As well as the impact on New Zealanders generally, this will have an effect on particular areas of tikanga Māori (including kawa), as we move to protect our whānau, hapū and iwi (particularly those who are more vulnerable such as our kaumātua  our koroua and kuia).  

In practice, this means suspending our customs of hongi and harirū, alongside stopping kissing, hugging and other forms of close physical contact.  

Alternatives include, waving, smiling or other non-physical contact greetings. 

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