Social Distancing

Social Distancing

Written on 05/15/2020


What is social distancing?

Social distancing refers to measures taken to restrict where and when people can gather in order to stop or slow the spread of infectious disease. In general, 6-feet of separation is the distance that should be kept between people interacting.  The practice of social distancing slows down the rate at which people get sick. It is one of the most effective strategies to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Why do we need to ensure social distancing at the Boys & Girls Club?

The overall goal of social distancing is to increase the physical space between members and staff to reduce unintended exposures. Even if someone is not sick, or you do not know anyone who is, social distancing helps slow the spread of disease.

Planning for Social Distancing in a Club

For social distancing to become a staff practice, thoughtful planning and coordination must occur to operationalize policies and procedures and reinforce the behaviors that will keep everyone safe.

Use the social distancing calculator to determine how many members you can serve based on programing space and CDC guidelines.

Select strategies based on feasibility given the unique programming spaces in your Club. Not all strategies will be feasible for all Clubs. For example, limiting hall movement options can be particularly challenging in some Clubs. Club Directors/Site Leaders are encouraged to think creatively about all opportunities to increase the physical space between members and limit interactions in large group settings.

Cancel field trips, assemblies, and other large group gatherings, if events were already scheduled.

Prepare your space. Social distancing guidance will support a 3-foot radius around each student, resulting in a 6-foot total distance between any two students. 

Prepare your staff. Ensure staff understand the procedures you have in place for social distancing, health and safety. Remind them that they are expected to model the safety expectations to members at all times. Prepare staff to deliver a daily orientation to review the Club values and expectations and that they are trained on social distancing games and modifying pre-COVID Club games.  

Ensure adequate supplies are available throughout the Club to promote the practice of good hygiene, such as tissues, hand washing stations and no-touch trash cans.

Establish daily staff feedback sessions. Ask staff and members how the day went, what’s going well, and what isn’t? Leaders listen and take action to make improvements. The practice of listening and acting will reinforce the staff and member’s feeling of being heard, resulting in the engagement to be part of continuously improving the safety in the Club.