Don't let COVID ruin your Christmas

02 December 2021

With new variants of COVID-19 in circulation, there are easy steps we can all take to make sure COVID doesn’t ruin Christmas.

COVID case rates in Norfolk are standing at 348 per 100,000, which means the risk of the virus being passed on at Christmas gatherings remains high. Norfolk’s Public Health Team are reminding everyone that there are simple actions they can take to reduce the risk.

Cllr Andrew Proctor, Leader of Norfolk County Council, said: “All of us are looking forward to Christmas, and the chance to make up for lost chances to see friends and family last year make this Christmas all the sweeter. But we won’t be able to gather around the table if we or those we love are in isolation or, worse, in hospital: a few simple steps are all it takes to reduce our risk of infection and make sure COVID can’t ruin our Christmas.”

For the first time in 2 years, Christmas parties are being planned and dates set: by opening windows, or by wrapping up warm and taking the party outside, you can lower the risk to yourself and your guests.

Another key step to take before the party, or before any meeting with family and friends, is to get tested: it’s simple and easy to get a LFD test, just pick one up from pharmacies and libraries across Norfolk and take it at home, to give peace of mind before heading out to catch up with friends.

You can also book a COVID-19 test online.

Residents can also lower the risk of catching COVID-19 when out Christmas shopping by continuing to wear a face covering, and remembering to sanitise hands on entering and leaving shops.

Dr Louise Smith, Norfolk’s Director for Public Health, said: “We’ve not seen a winter surge in COVID figures in the UK so far, which means we’re all hoping to enjoy a more traditional Christmas that we couldn’t last year. But COVID-19 is still a threat and the recent news of the Omicron variant reaching Norfolk is a reminder we all need to be careful: to keep case rates from climbing and ensure we don’t risk spending our Christmas in self-isolation, we need to keep practicing the good habits we’ve picked up over the last year. Taking our Christmas catch ups outside over hot drinks, or making sure we keep windows open and ventilation clear indoors, can help keep case rates at their current levels and holiday plans on track.”

So this festive season, follow these simple steps to reduce the risk to yourself, your family and your friends:

  • Clean your hands
  • Wear a face covering
  • Open windows
  • Take it outside
  • Take a test

Don’t let COVID ruin your Christmas.

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