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Staying COVIDSafe throughout the festive season

As we approach the end of 2021 and celebrate the festive season with family and friends it’s important to stay COVIDSafe. Here are some ways to enjoy social events with family, friends and work colleagues safely:
  1. Get vaccinated and boost your protection. A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to keep protected against the virus. If your second dose was more than five months ago, you’re now eligible. If you’re not vaccinated – do this now.
  2. Get out and enjoy the warmer weather. Consider having your gatherings at an outdoor venue because the risk of COVID-19 spreading outdoors is 20 times lower than indoors.
  3. Keep it short and sweet. Where possible, try to limit the amount of time people are meeting together. Consider a shorter gathering over a set period of time.
  4. Avoid sharing. Where possible, don’t share utensils or drinks with others.
  5. Mask up. Where it might be tricky to keep your distance, a mask is a great way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially in indoor settings.
  6. Stay home if you’re unwell. While we’ve all missed socialising, if you have symptoms you should get tested immediately and isolate until you return a negative result.
  7. Test, trace, isolate. If you test positive for COVID-19, be sure to tell the people you have been in contact with so they can get tested and isolate as well.
While staying COVIDSafe remains vital, the Western Public Health Unit hopes that everyone has a happy holiday season catching up with their loved ones.