Have yourself a merry COVID-safe Christmas: 5 tips for staying healthy this festive season
By Philip Russo and Brett Mitchell
A dining table decorated with Christmas baubles, a tree and holiday-themed napkins.(Pixabay)
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5 tips to reduce the risk
- 1.If there’s one thing we’ve learnt this year, it’s that it’s not heroic to soldier on if you’re sick. If you are feeling unwell, stay at home. This applies to you and your guests. If you are hosting and you’re unwell, look for another venue, or cancel
- 2.Plan for an outdoor gathering — the risk of transmission is significantly lower outdoors. We should make the most of Christmas falling in summer in Australia
- 3.If you’re hosting a gathering indoors, dine in your biggest room, or spread everybody out across a few rooms. Open your windows and doors to let in the fresh air and, importantly, increase ventilation
- 4.Avoid crowded seating at the table. Set up a few extra trestles or camp tables to space people out
- 5.Encourage your guests to perform frequent hand hygiene. Stock up on hand sanitisers and soaps and have them readily available in all rooms and outside, especially if people are helping themselves to food.