Under level three regulations of the lockdown, more sectors are allowed to operate including take-away and other delivery services. This means extra safety measures should be practiced to when you’re out in public. Below are a few ways you can stay safe as lockdown regulations are gradually lifted.

What precautions can I take to reduce my risk of infection at work?

  1. Avoid mass gatherings – including cafeterias and conferences.
  2. Double down on hygiene practices and be mindful about what you touch – wash your hands every time you touch a doorknob or press the lift buttons.
  3. Practice physical distancing at work, and ensure you keep at least two meters from the next person.
  4. Take a protection and safety kit with you, including a face mask, hand sanitiser, hand soap, gloves, toilet seat sanitiser and tissues.
  5. Go digital, which not only saves paper, but also reduces the risk of coming in contact with papers that other people may have handled.
  6. Commuting to work – remember to wear a face mask, especially if you take public transport.

How can I stay safe when shopping for food and essentials?

  1. Order any items you can online.
  2. When out shopping, stay at least two meters away from others and try and avoid shopping at peak times.
  3. Wear a mask and do not touch your face.
  4. Use contactless payment methods, if possible.
  5. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as soon as you get home.

How do I stay safe at the ATM or petrol station?

  1. Bank online wherever possible.
  2. When using an ATM, wipe the keypad with hand sanitiser or wipe before using. Disinfect your hands with an alcohol based hand sanitiser after using the ATM.
  3. Use disinfecting wipes on all handles and buttons at the petrol station before using. Disinfect your hands with a hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol when finished.

How do I accept deliveries and take-out food safely?

  1. Pay ahead of time or online, if possible.
  2. Accept deliveries without in-person contact, where possible. Ask for deliveries to be handed over at a safe space outside your house, and stay 2m away from the delivery person.
  3. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after accepting a delivery.

How can I stay safe when going to the doctor or pharmacy?

  1. Choose a telephonic or virtual doctor’s appointment, if possible.
  2. If you must visit the doctor in person, protect yourself and others – wear a mask, don’t touch your face, and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  3. If you think you have COVID-19, phone the doctor’s offices before visiting, so they can advise you on the necessary steps to take.
  4. If you have to visit the pharmacy, plan to order and collect all your prescriptions at the same time to avoid unnecessary visits.
  5. Ask your pharmacist or doctor if you can collect a larger supply of your necessary medication to avoid having to visit the pharmacy as often.

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