Advice on how to stay safe whilst meeting friends and family


May 29, 2020

From Monday 1 June, groups of up to six people will be allowed to meet outdoors in England – provided strict social distancing guidelines are followed. Bay Health and Care Partners has some tips to help you stay safe when you do meet with others.

Dr Geoff Jolliffe, Clinical Chair of Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We know that being unable to see family and friends during lockdown has impacted on everyone’s mental health. So, it is wonderful that we can now meet more people outdoors – especially as we are enjoying such good weather at the moment.”

This small step to ease the lockdown measures has only been possible because of the public’s patience and hard work in helping to contain the virus so far.

Dr Jolliffe added: “While it’s great news that we can now meet more people outdoors, it’s vital that we still stick to the current guidance and that we all maintain social distancing. Washing your hands before and after you meet other people is the simplest way to protect yourself and others. We must all still stay alert in order to save lives.”

The following measures are critical to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19 to your loved ones:

· Stay two metres apart from people outside of your household at all times

· Do not spend time inside other people’s homes, other than to access their garden or use the toilet

· Continue to wash your hands thoroughly and frequently – especially before and after eating

· Disinfect bathrooms, door handles and other surfaces after anyone has been into your home

· Avoid seeing people from too many households in quick succession

· Where possible, walk, cycle or drive to see your loved ones, rather than using public transport. If you do take public transport, the guidance is to wear a face covering.

Those who are shielding should continue to do so. The government recognises the toll this is taking and hopes to be able to announce further support for these groups soon.