What are new normals after lockdown

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COVID-19 has redefined our lives in a way that no one could have ever imagined. The pandemic is dangerous and so, it becomes essential to follow some new norms during COVID to avoid falling victim to it. The way we have been living prior to this pandemic is now completely obsolete due to the fact that now we need to follow some strict hygiene standards and social distancing rules that are newly implemented for our own safety. After all it is important that we follow these strictly to keep ourselves safe and to keep our loved ones safe too. So, what exactly are the new norms that are implemented after the lockdown, let us understand these in different scenarios.

Staying safe in quarantine

Following health tips that will help you stay healthy during the pandemic includes practicing safe habits, these include:

  • Having your own hygiene kit that includes hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, disinfectant sprays, hand wash and masks.
  • Avoid touching your mask, your face, eyes and nose when you are out is essential in keeping yourself safe from the virus.
  • Keep the kids and elderly at home as they are vulnerable to the virus.
  • Stepping out of the house should only be done if and when you require shopping for essential or daily items that cannot be stocked up.
  • On returning home first you should wash your hands with hand wash or a good soap and then take off your mask, if it a disposable mask then you can dispose it prior to entering the threshold of your house.
  • If you have been in touch with people in public place then it is better that you take bath and wash your clothes before coming in contact with any family member.
  • Online shopping for food items is the best way when you know that stepping out is dangerous for your health and for your family too. Ordering food items on priority is better.
  • Stock up food items in advance as it will help you avoid last minute panic.

What to do when you are at the supermarket?

  • Your first priority is to use mask and gloves when you are about to step out.
  • Making a shopping list is essential that may include important items to avoid impulse buying.
  • Nutrition packed foods can be stocked up that can last for a week.
  • Use a disinfecting wipe that can be used on grocery cart handle.
  • Take your own bags to avoid any infection with using the bags available at the store.
  • Contactless payment methods should be used, if you need to use the keypad then use your knuckles to punch in the numbers or touch the screen. After each use remember to disinfect with hand sanitizer.

Anticipate Travel Needs

You should only travel long-distance or to another state, if you are on a business trip or else it should be avoided, if required then the following must be done:

  • Packing your medicine that would be enough for the entire trip is the new essential.
  • Carrying alcohol-based hand sanitizer that indicates 60% alcohol on the label.
  • Keep enough masks that will last for the trip and wear it when out in public.
  • Prepare and pack home-cooked food and carry your own water bottle for your trip. You can carry non-perishable food.

Take steps to ensure that the lodging facility that you are booking is high standard hygiene and are using disinfectants to keep the boarding clean.

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Staying Safe at Public Places

Restaurants

  • Check the safety practices that the restaurant is implementing. Ensure that the employees are following the COVID guidelines like wearing masks, using gloves and disinfecting the surfaces.
  • Social distancing is practiced at restaurants and the place is properly ventilated.
  • Is the menu available digitally or is it disposable menu.
  • Use touchless payment method.
  • Ensure that the restaurant is not offering buffet, salad bars and drink-filling stations as these are deal-breakers for social distancing.

Ordering-in

  • Ensure that the restaurant is following safe delivery standards where the delivery guy is wearing mask and gloves.
  • Contactless delivery should be done wherein the delivery agent should leave the food item at your doorstep or at a safe distance like your porch.
  • Only use online payment method to avoid getting in personal contact with the delivery executive.
  • If you go for food pickup then practice social distancing while waiting in the line.
  • When you get home with the food first wash your hands or use the sanitizer.

Places of worship

  • Check the gathering size is reduced to social distancing norms.
  • Only go to services that offer large or well ventilated areas.
  • Avoid touching books or other such surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Accept food in pre-packaged option if food is offered in religious places.

Gyms

  • Check upon safe gyming practices by first calling in to see how the gym is limiting entry to the given time slot of workout.
  • Reserve your booking for a particular time in advance.
  • Ensure that the staff is following good cleaning practices between the uses of facilities available.
  • Ask the owner about the proper use of disinfecting practices used in the bathroom and locker room.
  • Barriers should be placed around equipment and entry should be blocked when someone is using it, disinfecting should be done prior and after each use.
  • Yoga blocks and foam rollers should not be available to use as these are difficult to keep clean.
  • It is better to seek virtual training from your gym to avoid any outside contact.

Salons

  • Whenever seeking any beauty appointment ask questions about safety and hygiene standards being followed as per COVID safety guidelines.
  • Ask how many clients per day they are allowing for a salon visit.
  • Ensure that all the surfaces are disinfected when you are about to visit or better still carry a spray that you can use to disinfect the surface.
  • Chairs and head rests should be disinfected.
  • Hand sanitizers should be available at the counter when you enter the salon.
  • Are the employees wearing masks, gloves and disposable gowns when they are engaged in attending a client?
  • Are they also using disinfectant spray on the shoes of the people who are arriving for any beauty or other service at the salon?
  • Check whether they are taking your temperature prior to beginning the service you opted for as it ensures that you are in a safe zone.

Grocery stores

  • Check if the grocery store you are about to visit has a website for ordering your items.
  • As a precaution, enter the store early morning to avoid any kind of rush.
  • Is it possible to order home-delivery or a pick up from a safe distance?
  • Use a disinfect spray or a wipe on the shopping cart or the basket and also at the handles or other such surfaces.
  • Touchless payment methods should be available at the grocery store.
  • Maintain 2 meters of social distancing if you need to stand in line.

Banks

  • Better practice is internet or virtual banking. If not, then it is better to use disinfecting wipes and sprays at the surfaces of the bank.
  • Ensure that social distancing is maintained at the banks.
  • At time banks only accept limited entry, you may need to wait, it is better that you wait outside in your car to be safe.
  • The bank you are visiting should be following COVID safety guidelines issued by the government.

Pharmacy

  • Prepare a list of medicines that you want to purchase at a pharmacy when you are visiting it in person. So, you can hand it over to the person and they can fetch it for you.
  • Call to ask if they are offering a curbside pickup or drive-thru window for customer safety.
  • Are they delivering at home on call or do they have a website where you can order your medicines at home?
  • Ask your doctor to prescribe you larger medicine supply if you require essential medicines like for blood pressure patients, diabetic or someone with regular heart health. Then you can call in the pharmacy to deliver you at home. This is to avoid your frequent visits at the pharmacy.

Massage therapy

  • Ask for the precautions and the COVID guidelines that the massage therapist should be following.
  • Number of people visiting the place should be limited or time slots be assigned for 2-3 customers at a given time not more than that.
  • The rooms should be disinfected or ask them to do it in your presence to ensure your personal safety.
  • The therapist should be using fresh disposable linens, clean fresh supply of all the items used.
  • Hygiene protocols should be in place and be used by the therapist prior to your session.
  • Enquire if the massage parlor is following the guidelines of checking the health of their therapist prior to allowing them resume their duty?

It is for your own safety and the safety of your loved one, nothing that is imposed by another. The guidelines for safety from COVID may be strict but it is all in a good spirit to ensure that people follow it religiously and keep the community safe.

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