How To Practice Safety When
Attending Events Or Going Out In Public

September 20, 2021

Going Out in the New Normal

The pandemic has changed how we function and it seems the future is going to look vastly different from what it could have been before Covid-19 came along. With the UAE becoming the world’s most vaccinated country, malls, restaurants and events are trying to adjust to the “new normal”. However, it is important for us to be mindful of the recommended safety protocols to ensure that it is safe for you and everyone else. Here are a few things to bear in mind as we continue to return to our normal way of life.  

Mask up!

The first rule is to continue to wear a mask, preferably with two layers. Make sure that you wear your mask correctly by covering your nose and mouth. It should be snug and tight under your chin and by the sides of your face. Carry a spare mask with you as they can get wet with the moisture of your breath after a period of time.

Don't shy away from the vaccine

Authorised Covid-19 vaccines protect you from contracting the virus. While a vaccination certificate is not mandatory at this point, it is required to enter into some establishments and travel to some countries.  It is pertinent to note that even if you are fully vaccinated, the new normal requires you to follow the safety protocols that have been set in place by the authorities.

Continue to practise social distancing

Whether you are attending an event, visiting a mall or dining at a restaurant, be sure to continue to practise social distancing. Covid-19 can still be passed on when you are in close contact with people. Always remember that asymptomatic people and people with a recent negative can also spread the Covid-19 virus.

Be wise in choosing where you go

It’s best to avoid crowded and congested areas. If you’re going out, try to find places that have limited seating capacity with social distancing protocols in place. Occupy seats that are at least 6 feet away from people who are not part of your group. Uncrowded, open-air spaces are less risky compared to closely packed and poorly ventilated areas. Visit exhibition pavilions during off-peak hours and stay clear of the restroom as much as possible.

Clean your hands

Avoid touching your mask, eyes, nose, and mouth when you’re out. Do not forget to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, and before eating. Use the hand sanitiser only when soap and water are not there nearby. Ensure that the sanitiser that you use contains at least 60% alcohol. It is always best that you carry a bottle of sanitiser with you at all times.

Dine out safely

If you are planning to dine out, check if the restaurant follows strict Covid-19 protocols. It is also best to use disposable utensils and single-use options for salad dressings and condiments. Stay clear of buffet counters and self-serve options. Use the touchless garbage disposal system, if available.

Shopping Right

While you are out indulging in some retail therapy, do not linger and touch items. Make your decisions quickly rather than going on a long and leisurely stroll around the store. Avoid the trial rooms as much as possible as they are small with zero ventilation. You can carry a measuring tape to check the size of the clothes and also a carry bag for your purchases.   

Go Contactless

Opt for touchless payment methods, ticketing and menu apps. If that is not possible, you can place the cash or card on a receipt tray or the counter. Remember to sanitise your hands and card after the payment.

We can bring back a sense of normalcy to our lives if we all make a concerted effort to exercise caution. Just remember to put your health and safety first at all times to avoid having to face any health complications after your outings.

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