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Nurses' guide to 'Covid-safe' family gatherings and dinner parties
24 August 2020 @ 22:43

ALTHOUGH it is generally recommended that we avoid gatherings of family and friends or house parties during the pandemic, the General Nursing Council has issued some safety guidelines for those who really feel they cannot avoid doing so.

Given that nearly half the recent outbreaks of Covid-19 in Spain have been through mass meetings of friends and relatives, the focus has been on holding these as safely as possible – since banning them altogether would only be feasible through another lockdown, which the country wants to avoid entirely if it can.

“We know everyone's desire to hug each other and make up for lost time is enormous, but right now, we can't afford to undo all our hard work,” stresses chairman of the General Nursing Council, Florentino Pérez Raya.


Before the meeting

Numbers should be kept as low as is socially possible. If your friends have held a party and you've just found out it went on without you, try not to feel rejected; it's likely that next time they do, you'll be first in the queue.

If it's you who's organising a gathering, work out how many people can fit in your house or at your dining table without having to get closer than 1.5 metres (about five feet) to anyone they do not live with.

Ideally, use an outside space, but if you don't have one, make sure the room you use is well-ventilated.

Set a 'chucking out time' to limit how long you're in each others' company, tell everyone when the curfew is, and stick to it.



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