Home Coronavirus: News and Advice Thinking of taking your gathering indoors? You might end up with an uninvited guest!

Thinking of taking your gathering indoors? You might end up with an uninvited guest!

by Guy Murphy

The latest easing of restrictions means that people can meet up outdoors with up to six people (rule of six) or as two households. The gatherings must be outdoors and can be in private gardens. However, this means that some people might be tempted to take the party indoors.

One in four people who have COVID-19 do not experience symptoms. This means that one of your guests could be unknowingly bringing a plus one that no one wants to come!

The risk of COVID-19 spreading increases indoors. This why current guidance is that all social gatherings happen outside and you should also maintain social distancing. By bending the rules and going inside, you run the risk of spreading the virus among you and your friends and family.

To move along the roadmap, the UK Government has stated that the data, such as infection rate, must show it is safe to do so. By bending the rules now and increasing the risk of the virus spreading, people could stop the further easing of restrictions – and nobody wants that!

Regular testing can help identify asymptomatic cases and Knowsley Council urges all residents to get tested before meeting friends or family, where possible. Remember being tested, or having the vaccine, are not a free pass and you should still follow the guidance.  The test is quick and easy to do and results generally come back in around half an hour.

To find out more about where and how you can get tested, visit https://www.knowsleynews.co.uk/reminder-about-when-and-where-to-get-tested/

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (a new continuous cough, loss of taste or smell, high temperature) you should not meet up with anyone. Instead you and your household should isolate immediately and book a test via https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.