‘Tis the season to be jolly careful!

A cartoon style picture of Santa wearing a red face mask with a white moustache on it
Be Merry and Safe

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, or any of the other festivals and events we mark and celebrate, this year they will look and feel a little different. We don’t want COVID-19 to spoil the fun as we know how important it is to celebrate at this time of year, however we need to make sure that we keep each other safe and feel secure, whilst doing so.
We are therefore asking you to consider the following, in support of reducing the spread of Covid 19.

Yule need to remember: Hands, Face and Space.

Rudolf the red nosed reindeer

Rudolf has a cute red nose but we’re definitely asking him to cover it up this Christmas. Infact, we all need to cover up and wear our masks in public (unless exempt). Mask-wearing is the single most effective public health measure at tackling Covid, according to the first global study of its kind, which found that the measure was linked to a 53% fall in the incidence of the disease.

A cartoon reindeer wearing a blue face mask on a green background

All I want for Christmas…

Is a CO2 monitor! People breathe out CO2. If this builds-up in a space it can show that ventilation needs improving. CO2 monitors don’t directly measure levels of COVID-19 but using them can help you identify poorly ventilated areas.

The amount of CO2 in the air is measured in parts per million (ppm). A consistent CO2 value below 800ppm is likely to indicate that an indoor space is well ventilated. Where there is continuous talking, singing, or high levels of physical activity indoors, keeping CO2 levels below 800ppm is recommended. CO2 levels consistently higher than 1500ppm in an occupied room indicate poor ventilation and you should take action. It is important to remember that CO2 measurements are only a broad guide to ventilation rather than ‘safe levels.

We’re Walking in the Air

COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. These droplets and particles can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, noses, or mouth.

Don’t stand so close to me

People who are closer than 2 metres or 6 feet (for over 15 minutes inside) from the infected person may get infected. If you have not been fully vaccinated the risk is much greater. Please ensure you have a negative Lateral Flow Test before going to any parties or social events and do not go if you think you might be at risk of either being infected or if you feel unwell.

Let it flow, let it flow…

Do regular lateral flow tests especially before attending an event or visits to vulnerable family members…In England, you should take a rapid lateral flow test:

You are at higher risk of catching or passing on COVID-19 when:

  • in crowded and enclosed spaces
  • there is limited fresh air
A cartoon image of a snowman

Frosty the snowman

Get those Christmas jumpers out…as adequate ventilation reduces the amount of virus in the air. It helps reduce the risk from aerosol transmission (breathing in small particles). Ventilation is the flow of fresh air through a space. It can be natural ventilation (open doors or windows) or mechanical (fans and ducts), or a combination of the two.

Free Ventilation tool is available from breathe freely.

Oh, the Weather outside is frightful….

And parties are so delightful! However, we need to manage larger Christmas parties to ensure we are keeping everyone safe and feeling comfortable to be there. Risk assessment: Template and examples – HSE. You won’t be ‘lonely this Christmas’ and not having to self-isolate during Christmas if you pick up Covid from your party!!

Merry Christmas and have a Covid-free New Year