April 21, 2021 | KimElliott | News

Lockdown Restrictions Lifted- How to Stay Safe

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Now that the government have lifted some of the stricter lockdown rules, life is closer to returning to normality. As you start to venture out and about again, it’s important that you keep yourself safe, not just from the Coronavirus but from other risks as well.

Going to the pub

What the government says;

Unlike in last years lockdown, you do not need to order a substantial meal to get an alcoholic drink (so no more ordering scotch eggs for you and your friends!). Plus, you don’t have to worry about the 10pm curfew, that’s gone to!

However there are a few things you need to be aware of:

  • You can only order food and drinks at the table you are sat at.
  • You must follow the ‘rule of six’ that has been set out by the government
  • Every person in the group must check in using the NHS test and trace service.
  • When not sat at your table you must wear your facemask, for example when going to the toilet.
  • You must observe social distancing

 

However just protecting yourself from Covid-19 when out drinking is not enough. Drinking out and about comes with its own risks.

 

Make sure you know how you are getting home

 

  • Pre book a taxi, book a taxi for a certain time, so you know how and when you will be getting home. Agree on a price when you book it, so you know you’ll have enough money on you to get home safe. For more info on taxi safety- read our blog.
  • Have someone from your household or bubble pick you up. This is one of the safest options for Covid and for personal safety.
  • If you are walking home then don’t walk home alone, no matter your gender make sure you plan to walk home in a group or at least with one other person. Make sure to stick to pavements and well-lit streets.
  • If you plan on getting public transport then make sure you are confident on what time and where you are getting your bus from. Also make sure that you have enough money for the ticket.
  • It goes without saying DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!

 

Stay Safe while at the Pub

  • Never leave your drink unattended, it’s too easy for someone to slip something in there if you go to the bathroom. Either leave your drink with a trusted friend, or buy a fresh one if you’ve had no choice but to leave your drink unattended.
  • Don’t drink too much. We don’t want to be negative, but drinking too much alcohol can put you at risk of accidents and illness. Stay within your limits.
  • Try to eat before you drink alcohol, food will help your body absorb the alcohol more slowly.
  • Be aware that if you want to have a drink to ease any anxiety about going out, then drinking too much alcohol can actually make your anxiety worse.

 

Have respect for those around you

It’s important to remember that everyone has been in lockdown for a long time and everyone is excited about going to the pub again. It could be that some people are still a little anxious of being in crowds, so be considerate of social distance and other people’s feelings.

 

Having Guests in your Garden

 

What the lockdown restrictions are;

  • You can meet outdoors in a group of 6 from any number of households, unfortunately children of all ages count towards the limit of 6.
  • However, if only two households are meeting, the group can be any number. This is to allow large households to meet.
  • You can meet in private gardens as well as outdoor public places.
  • You can meet (following the rule of 6) at food and drink establishments that offer outside seating.
  • You are allowed to walk through someone’s home to get to the back garden, but you must wear a face covering while walking indoors.
  • You are allowed to use the bathroom in someone’s home, but again, you must wear a face covering while indoors.
  • You must always maintain a 2-metre distance, even when meeting outside, from those who are not in your household or bubbles.

 

It’s likely that you are going to be spending more time outdoors and in your garden, so you need to remember to keep yourself safe while doing so.

 

Outdoor Safety

  • If you will be sitting in your garden for long periods of time, you need to make sure your front door is locked. This is especially true if you cannot see your front door from the garden. Burglars know that people will be in their gardens more, so may take the opportunity to slip in unnoticed. This can be especially bad if you leave your car keys by the front door, as all a person would have to do is reach in and take them.
  • Make sure you don’t spend too much time in the sun. Stick to the shade and always wear sun cream. Over exposure to the sun can result in sun stroke, which causes headaches, vomiting, dizziness and rapid breathing and pulse. Sun burn can also lead to skin cancer, so it’s important that you don’t let yourself burn.
  • Drink plenty of water- sitting in the sun for a long time can cause dehydration. Make sure you are drinking enough water so you stay hydrated.

 

Stay safe while shopping

Now that non-essential shops have reopened, you may be inclined to indulge in some retail therapy. While going shopping it’s important to protect yourself from covid-19.

  • Always wear your face covering. It’s the rule in all shops that you wear a facemask upon entering the shop. So it’s essential that you do unless you have a medical exemption.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands on entry and exit this keeps you and other shoppers safe. Most shops will have sanitising stations for you to use, but to be safe try and carry your own hand sanitiser around with you.
  • Sanitise your trolley or basket. Shops should be cleaning these after customer use them, but to be safe you should try and wipe down anything you use.
  • This might be hard to do in a clothes shop, but try not to touch anything you aren’t going to buy. This not only stops you from picking up germs, but also stops you spreading any as well.

 

 

So, while its great news that some lockdown restrictions have lifted, this does not mean that the coronavirus has gone away. You still need to be mindful of lockdown guidelines and other safety measures that keep you and others safe.

To find out more details about lockdown guidelines, go to gov.uk