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?
- Avoid mass gatherings – including cafeterias and conferences.
- 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.
- Practice physical distancing at work, and ensure you keep at least two meters from the next person.
- Take a protection and safety kit with you, including a face mask, hand sanitiser, hand soap, gloves, toilet seat sanitiser and tissues.
- Go digital, which not only saves paper, but also reduces the risk of coming in contact with papers that other people may have handled.
- 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?
- Order any items you can online.
- When out shopping, stay at least two meters away from others and try and avoid shopping at peak times.
- Wear a mask and do not touch your face.
- Use contactless payment methods, if possible.
- 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?
- Bank online wherever possible.
- 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.
- 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?
- Pay ahead of time or online, if possible.
- 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.
- 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?
- Choose a telephonic or virtual doctor’s appointment, if possible.
- 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.
- 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.
- If you have to visit the pharmacy, plan to order and collect all your prescriptions at the same time to avoid unnecessary visits.
- 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.