Physical Distancing Controls
Physical distancing (also referred to as 'social distancing') refers to the requirement that people distance themselves from others.
Physical distancing is necessary because the most likely way of catching COVID-19 is by breathing in micro-droplets from another person sneezing, coughing, or exhaling.
Physical Distancing means maintaining at least 1.5 metres distance from each other.
While our primary mode of operation will remain working from home or online learning, we will ensure that as our operations are being restored, they will meet physical distancing requirements.
- ensure each space and activity is setup to keep people 1.5m apart including the flow of people before, during and after use;
- put up posters on keeping at least 1.5m distance;
- signs at the entrances to lifts and meeting rooms to ensure the maximum safe capacity is not exceeded;
- stagger shifts so less staff are on campus at once;
- try to limit essential face to face learning to small class sizes;
- utilise digital technology for learning and teaching and to hold meetings.
Assessing a space or activity
- Each space and activity needs to meet physical distancing requirements.
- Use the UTAS COVID-Safe Checklist (PDF 206.7 KB) to guide you through the requirements.
- Additional guidance is provided in the Safe Work Australia Physical Distancing Checklist.
COVID-Safe Floor Plan
Produce and display a COVID-safe floorplan (PPTX 6.4 MB) reflecting the areas room capacities reviewed to reflect physical distancing requirements.
The Activity or Space Owner (e.g. Unit Coordinator or Facility Manager) should ensure that the floorplan meets the requirements of the areas COVID-safety plan.
- Download the floorplan template
- Complete the floorplan template
- Print at a minimum of A3 size and display in a highly visible location/s
Physical Distancing Hardware
To setup a space for physical distancing requires some hardware to visually demarcate the space and separate the flow of people.
Physical distancing hardware can be sourced from Facility Management by emailing your requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Items that can be sourced are: