After what has been a tough year for many of us, on the 25th December restrictions in England will be eased to allow you to form a temporary Christmas bubble of up to three households (unless you live in a Tier 4 area), meaning we can spend some much needed time with our loved one’s over Christmas.
Here our Superintendent Pharmacist gives some advice on how you can celebrate Christmas with family and friends, while still doing what you can to remain safe over the festive season.
How many people are coming?
The larger the group, the greater the risk of spreading coronavirus is. This is especially true with everyone likely being inside for most of the time given the cold weather outside. The fewer the households that meet or having less people within the Christmas bubble, simply means there is less chance for the virus to spread.
Are you having dinner?
Whether you’re sitting down for turkey and trimmings, nut roast or a Christmas fuddle, make sure everyone is spaced well enough apart. Although it’s nice to be helpful, try not to pass around dishes, cutlery and bottles, as these can become contaminated which means you could be passing more than just the pigs in blankets. It may be wise to have just one person playing host and serving and also have hand sanitiser on the table too.
Resist the singalong!
COVID-19 spreads through droplets in the air and this is something we inadvertently project when raising our voices. So whether you’re singing a traditional carol or along to Slade or Michael Buble, this would mean more of these droplets are emitted into the room. Similarly, if you’re playing music, make sure it’s at a low enough level for people to be able to speak without needing to shout.
Crack open a window
It may feel like the North Pole out there, and so you and your guests may prefer windows to be shut but opening a high window, even if it is just for an hour, could stop the build-up of particles inside rooms. Air purifiers could also help as they filter out pollutants and particles and push the clean air back out into the living space.
Take a look at our other advice and tips for the festive season. We wish you a Christmas that’s safe, healthy, merry and bright.