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As Christmas approaches, here are some of the simple steps we all need to take to protect ourselves and our loved ones …
We can all have a happy holiday season by continuing to follow the coronavirus safety rules. Whether it’s traveling, getting together with family, an office party, shopping, or going to a pantomime, there are rules we can all follow to give ourselves the gift. to protect yourself from Covid.
As the weather gets colder more and more of us are meeting indoors, so it is important to let in the fresh air. Simply opening windows or doors, even for 10 minutes, helps disperse the virus.
Face covers are a good way to reduce transmission, so it is a good idea to wear one in high traffic public places and when meeting members of other households to help limit transmission. A full list of places where it is mandatory to wear a face cover in the UK can be found at gov.uk
And face coverings are now mandatory in indoor locations, including cinemas, theaters and places of worship in England.
Businesses must also play their part in keeping employees and customers safe this Christmas. Employers must check that their Covid risk assessment is suitable for winter and remember to ventilate occupied premises well.
They should ask their employees and customers (when required by law) to wear face coverings and encourage customers to register using the NHS Covid-19 app. Thus, in the event of an epidemic, the alerts of the application will allow them to take rapid measures to limit the spread of the virus. Those who can are also encouraged to work from home.
More people are now eligible for jabs as the booster program moves forward – in light of the new Omicron variant, the UK government has extended the booster program to all adults over 18 years old and announced that all eligible people will be offered a complementary jab by the end of January. Getting the full vaccine is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself and others because it offers the best protection.
Incorporate a rapid lateral flow test into your preparations for a party, going to the theater, shopping, meeting family and friends, or visiting vulnerable people. Rapid lateral flow tests can be collected free of charge at many pharmacies using a collection code, from any Covid-19 test or vaccination center and / or ordered online from gov.uk
Remember to report your results – whether positive, negative, or zero – and if they are positive you should self-isolate and take a PCR test.
In England, from Wednesday December 15, the NHS Covid Pass on the NHS Covid-19 app will become mandatory to enter nightclubs and places where large crowds congregate.
People will be able to demonstrate proof of two doses of the vaccine via the app. Evidence of a negative lateral flow test will also be accepted.
If you are planning to travel overseas, check out the latest guidelines on what to do and if you are expecting visitors make sure they know the rules for entering the UK – arriving passengers should have proof of a negative Covid-19 test.
After arriving in England, you must ensure that you take a PCR test on the second day after entering.
Let’s make this Christmas unforgettable for all the right reasons!
For more information, national variations, regional guidance and the latest updates, visit gov.uk/coronavirus