Coronavirus (COVID-19): staying safe and protecting others
How to keep ourselves and each other safe from coronavirus (COVID-19).
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All Covid rules and restrictions have been lifted in Scotland, but the virus has not gone away. COVID-19, colds and flu can spread more easily in the winter.
Given the rising costs of heating homes, you may be spending more time in public, likely crowded, indoor spaces. You may visit spaces to socialise and keep warm, such as community spaces, local cafes or designated warm spaces. Spaces you visit may display Stay Well This Winter Signage to let you know what measures they are taking to make spaces safer for all.
To protect yourself and keep others safe:
- if you have symptoms of a virus, cold or flu, try to stay at home and avoid contact with others – if you do need to go out, wear a well-fitting face covering– read more about looking after yourself during the winter
- get your vaccines if offered to ensure you are fully protected
- follow the latest NHS guidance if you are feeling unwell – and know how to get the right care in the right place
- wear a face covering in indoor public places and on public transport
- socialise in well-ventilated spaces where possible
- try to maintain at least 1 metre physical distancing and give more space and care around those using the Distance Aware scheme
- consider how many people are gathered in spaces and try to avoid overcrowded areas
- wash your hands and clean surfaces regularly
- know where to get support for your mental health and money worries
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