Maintain good hygiene
Just because lockdown has ended, doesn’t mean personal hygiene has to end as well.
In the early days of COVID-19, the emphasis was on hand sanitation, but once masks became mandatory, many people forgot that good hygiene is still critical for slowing the spread of COVID-19. Even if you’re fully vaccinated, washing your hands can prevent other illnesses and bacteria and prevent the spread of illnesses.
Medical experts advise that you should wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, using soap and water, or a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60 per cent alcohol. Carry a small tube of hand sanitiser with you when you’re out and about, and use what’s provided in venues. Keep practicing social distancing and stay at least 1.5 meters distance away from other people.
Carry a face mask
Face masks will remain a key feature in our lives for some time. Under the government’s roadmap, masks will no longer be required outdoors after reaching the 80 per cent vaccination mark. But, unless otherwise advised by health authorities, masks will still be required on public transport, and inside venues and shops, except when eating, drinking or exercising. If your mask is giving you skin problems or grief, try some of these face-mask hacks.
Keep your home COVID safe
One of the greatest joys for the end of lockdown lies with allowing people to visit your home. Now that dinner parties, family gatherings or movie night with friends are back on, make sure your event is keeping your family and friends safe.
You should regularly clean frequently touched services. Consider setting up a hygiene station at your front door and encourage visitors to sanitise their hands. Don’t leave used face masks lying around - put them in the wash or a bin and encourage visitors to pop theirs in their pocket or bag while they’re eating. Health authorities recommend that Victorians only allow people (who are aged 12 years and over) who are fully vaccinated to visit their home. New restrictions allow for a maximum of 10 visitors, including dependents, to your home per day.
Be kind to yourself and others
The transition from confinement to freedom will take some adjustment. Take it step by step and don’t overcommit. You don’t have to fill up your social calendar immediately, and when you do go out, be mindful that other people are adjusting as well. Some people are returning to work after months at home.
Be aware that you may feel anxious. This is normal. Change your routine slowly, add new experiences each week and maintain the things you’ve enjoyed during lockdown, such as your daily walk.