Published on December twenty fourth, 2020
We’re now in an excellent place in Australia in our battle towards COVID-19. When we wrote this, we had only a few energetic instances and no group transmission. Plus, it’s summer time, and a vaccine doesn’t seem like too far-off.
After the 12 months we’ve come by way of, many people in all probability wish to have a good time large this festive season.
Of course, it’s necessary to stick to the boundaries on the quantity of people that can collect in your state or territory. But eased restrictions across the nation do now enable for bigger gatherings with our household and associates.
As we get into the festive spirit, it’s necessary we additionally take into consideration how we are able to conduct this 12 months’s celebrations in a COVID-safe method.
Before we get to some suggestions, let’s recap a few the important thing issues we learn about how COVID-19 can unfold.
First, we all know shut contact is a serious threat issue for the unfold of COVID-19. This is as a result of droplet unfold performs a key position in transmission.
So for instance, when an contaminated individual coughs or sneezes, infectious droplets can land on you or within the surroundings. Then if you happen to contact your face, or close by contaminated surfaces, you can introduce the virus into your physique by touching your mouth or rubbing your eyes.
In a confined area with poor air flow, there’s additionally growing proof COVID is unfold through airborne transmission, which is when droplets smaller in dimension (aerosols) grasp round for longer within the air.
5 Tips To Reduce The Risk
- If there’s one factor we’ve learnt this 12 months, it’s that it’s not heroic to soldier on if you happen to’re sick. If you’re feeling unwell, keep at residence. This applies to you and your friends. If you might be internet hosting and also you’re unwell, search for one other venue, or cancel
- Plan for an outside gathering — the danger of transmission is considerably decrease outdoor. We ought to take advantage of Christmas falling in summer time in Australia
- If you’re internet hosting a gathering indoors, dine in your greatest room, or unfold all people out throughout a number of rooms. Open your home windows and doorways to let within the recent air and, importantly, improve air flow
- Avoid crowded seating on the desk. Set up a number of further trestles or camp tables to area folks out
- Encourage your friends to carry out frequent hand hygiene. Stock up available sanitisers and soaps and have them available in all rooms and outdoors, particularly if persons are serving to themselves to meals.
And A Few Other Things …
If you’re feeling significantly merry, you might be tempted to show up the music and belt out a number of carols. But take into account singing and shouting can expel extra infectious droplets than regular speech.
So if you happen to’re going to carry out a hearty rendition of Deck the Halls, maybe that is one thing to do exterior, not in a crowded room or close to meals.
Hugs And Kissess
No one needs to be a grinch at Christmas, however conserving shut contact to a minimal — together with within the type of hugs and kisses — will assist cut back the danger. Under the mistletoe or in any other case.
Food And Drinks
Ideally, cut back the sharing of meals, together with issues like buffets. You might ask friends to deliver their very own meals, however this isn’t essentially sensible, or as festive. Given the low prevalence of COVID-19 in Australia, it’s in all probability affordable to cater in your friends, so long as you’re cautious.
When you’re getting ready meals, whether or not in your personal gathering or to take to somebody’s place, keep in mind to maintain up common hand hygiene. And keep away from getting ready meals if you happen to’re feeling unwell.
With celebratory cocktails, champagne, beer, wine and delicate drinks more likely to characteristic on the day, it will imply loads of glasses mendacity round. It’s necessary for folks to not share drinks. Using tags on glasses will help folks keep in mind which is theirs.
Time for a sport of yard cricket after lunch? The wheelie bin is OK to make use of as stumps, and over the fence remains to be six and out. But keep away from saliva on the cricket ball.
A Bit Of Balance
We’ve endured a 12 months of guidelines and suggestions to guard ourselves and others. Nothing has been regular this 12 months and our Christmas and New Year celebrations may additionally want a bit extra thought. We would possibly have to give you some wise and sensible compromises in how we have a good time.
Christmas gatherings do current a big threat — shut, extended contact with folks, usually in confined areas. Time and time once more throughout 2020 we’ve seen these components contributing to COVID-19 transmission.
We undoubtedly need to have some enjoyable over the festive season, and with COVID so nicely beneath management in Australia, we’re in a superb place to have a good time. But it’s nonetheless necessary we keep vigilant throughout this era, so we begin 2021 on the fitting foot.