Pets can provide great company and comfort to people, whether you live alone or with family. They can be comfort to people during these times of social isolation/distancing. Pets provide us with nonjudgmental emotional support and can help us reduce stress and anxiety. They allow us to maintain part of normalcy to our days as many of us have had to adapt to a new routine. Continue to do indoor activities and games with your pets and when able to, get outside to enjoy a walk or play in your yard. It is still important to get outside for fresh air. Do ensure that you are not walking in large groups, avoid all dog parks and keep your distance if you are passing people on the street/path/trail.
There is still limited evidence supporting the risk of COVID-19 to our pets, but there have been a few cases where an animal has contracted COVID-19 after being in contact with a human who had this disease. If you are sick, and are in a household with a pet and other family members, please limit your interaction with the pets, as though the risk to your pet is low, there is the possibility that you can transmit the virus to your family via the pet (i.e. droplets on their fur)