As we go into another week of living with Covid-19, most of us are trying to do our part to help. A big part of that comes from physical distancing, but it’s not always clear what exactly that entails. We’ve been told to stay a metre apart, then it was two and of course for our American neighbours, it’s been six feet. But what does that look like? What does that distance mean to us in the real world? I have to admit one thing I’ve been watching with interest is how different people at groups are showing us that distance.

So with that in mind, as a public service, and in our continued attempt to help people out, Magpie Brûlé is happy to share the following examples of what these distances look like. Hopefully there’s an example that speaks to you directly. What with that, let’s start with examples using the straight measurements, like this one from the U.K.:


That seems clear, but how about using the human body to measure it?

That’s helpful, but how about we add to the degree of difficulty here by having a human example with props? Let’s try this one from Vancouver Island:


Oh nice use of a bench, but here’s another one that takes it’s up another notch from Jersey in the U.K.:


Okay using the broom like that might be a bit of an anti-social way of promoting this, but if it works for you, I guess broom away. While we’re in a grocery store, what else could you use from there to make this point?


Ahhh, that works and is a bit less pushy too. Very nice. Okay how about animals? Everyone loves animals, right? For you dog lovers out there, this one might work for you:

Source: American Red Cross

Nose to tail folks, don’t forget that. What what if you’re not a dog person? What if you are fond of felines instead? Don’t worry, the Internet has got you covered:

Source: Mercury News

Seems like you can’t forget the tails with cats either. Now those animals are nice but there are certain ones that speak more to Canadians than others, like these two examples here:

Mmmm moose and caribou, very great examples. Although in both cases, I don’t suggest getting that close to either animal to be safe. Also, I would advice against giving any caribou a judgmental stare like that guy is in the Yukon ad, but that’s another matter for another day. And if you’re more of an audio/visual learner and these images haven’t done that much to help sort this all out, here is a good video from the BBC that should help you to stay safe out there. Take care everyone and be safe.