Covid-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others.

Remember there is a still a risk of catching the virus even if you have been fully vaccinated.

The virus is spread by airborne transmission (close contact via droplets and surfaces) so the risk of catching or passing on Covid-19 is higher indoors and in places where there are lots of people such as large events.

Guidance when you attend events

Attending events or visiting crowded places is a personal choice and one you should consider, particularly if you have underlying health conditions which makes you more vulnerable to Covid-19.

Advice on Christmas gatherings

The risk of catching or spreading Covid-19, even for those who are vaccinated, is higher in winter as we spend more time together indoors and particularly during Christmas when we tend to meet in larger numbers and visit lots of people and places.

There are no restrictions on social gatherings, including Christmas parties, but you should still consider whether you should continue with plans and how you can minimise the risk of getting or spreading coronavirus.

Simple and effective things you can do when visiting busy places or events to keep yourself and others safe include:

  • not attending a party, gathering or event if you have any symptoms of colds, flu or coronavirus
  • taking a lateral flow test the morning of the event
  • getting vaccinated in advance
  • washing your hands regularly
  • wearing face coverings where possible, especially in enclosed or crowded areas (you must wear a face covering in shops including banks, post offices and hairdressers, in indoor venues such as cinemas, libraries and theatres and on public transport, unless exempt)
  • keeping your distance and being respectful of others who may be anxious
  • considering your own personal risk and whether you attend if you are not fully vaccinated, are immunosuppressed or live with someone who is
  • being aware that heavy drinking may reduce your perception of risk and result in more close contact with others

Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms or a positive test result must stay at home and self-isolate immediately.

Settings in which face coverings are required must display signage or take other measures to ensure customers are aware of the requirement to wear a face covering on their premises where there is no applicable exemption or reasonable excuse.

If you have symptoms, you should get a PCR test as soon as possible, even if you are vaccinated.

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