Getting back to normal: 4 top tips for staying safe after lockdown

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease across the UK and businesses are opening their doors after months of being closed, there may be some anxiety about staying safe as we venture out once again. 

Maintaining good hygiene practices when visiting the workplace, gyms, restaurants, and supermarkets is an essential part of coming out of lockdown successfully.

At Trusted PPE, we've compiled a list of daily things you and your family can do to keep the virus at bay as we come out of lockdown: 

Shop safely

Since the initial lockdown, supermarkets have adapted and have given new guidance to protect customers and staff from the virus. 

Alongside wearing a mask and sanitising as you enter and leave the shops, there are other precautions we can take to avoid taking the virus home. Due to the large volume of people coming in and out of the supermarket, making sure you only touch or pick up items you are wanting to purchase is a good way to avoid transferring or picking up unwanted germs. 

Many shops will have mapped out a footpath flow for people to follow if a 2-metre distance is not possible down certain aisles; some also have 2-metre signs to indicate when you are standing too close to someone else. Look out for these signs to give yourself and others a little more space whilst shopping indoors. 

 

Working out safely

After many months of being closed, the gyms have reopened! Whilst many will be eager to get back on the treadmill or weights, the gyms will have new guidelines for users to follow to help protect everyone visiting the gym. 

We recommend checking the website of the gym you are visiting before arriving as the guidelines may vary; you can also call through to reception to ask how busy the gym is as some may only be allowing a certain number of people inside. 

There are some basic practices you can do to keep yourself and others safe whilst visiting the gym: 

  1. Wear a mask. Following the latest Government advice, members are encouraged to wear a suitable face covering while in the gym (except when exercising). 
  2. Wipe down all equipment before and after use. Most gyms will provide you with wipes or sprays to disinfect the equipment. 
  3. Wash/sanitise your hands regularly.

 

Eat out safely

Whilst hospitality venues open up for outside serve only, there are some new rules we can all expect when visiting. 

So, what can you expect from eating-out again? 

Track and Trace

On arrival every customer will have to sign in using the NHS Track and Trace app. Whereas last year one person from a group would have to check in, it is now legally required that each member of a group checks-in. 

Face coverings 

The latest guidance states that customers must wear a face covering when arriving or entering the hospitality venue, but once seated they may remove their mask when sitting outside. 

Toilets 

Using the toilets inside the venue is permitted but users will be required to wear a mask on entry of the building. 


Read more about the latest guidance for hospitality and customers, here.

 

Wear your mask indoors and outdoors

Whilst face coverings are mandatory in most indoor settings, it's advised that you wear a mask when in crowded areas outdoors too. This is based on the density of people and exposure time, as this can make it easier for the virus to spread. 

“Outside is protective, but it’s not a total risk eliminator,” Popescu says. “When we’re seeing transmission outdoors, it’s people who are close to each other, talking face to face.”

The closer people are, the more droplets an activity is generating, and the longer people are close to one another, the more the risk increases and the more important a mask becomes. As with so much else in the pandemic, infection risk—and the need to wear a mask—hinges on the context.” Does everyone need to wear a mask outside? Experts weigh in. National geographic. 

With the rollout of the vaccine continuing, wearing a face mask and hand sanitising when you can are vital practices we can do daily to help save lives and take pressure off our NHS.