NYE: Here's how to properly go about celebrating NYE amid Omicron

Thinking about letting loose for NYE, but unsure how to go about it as Omicron takes over the UK? Here are some tips and tricks to ensure safe celebrations.

As the Omicron variant latches on tightly to the UK with infections hovering at around 100,000 cases a day, NYE festivities will definitely not look like they have in the past. But how exactly we go about it? This is what experts have suggested.

What were the recommendations by the UK government?

When Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, addressed the public to confirm that no new restrictions would be put into place before the new year, many of us released a sigh of relief. But what does this mean about the way we should be partying this time around? In a statement, the Health Secretary said:

We won’t be taking any further measures, of course people should remain cautious as we approach New Year celebrations, and take a lateral flow test, celebrate outside if you can, have some ventilation indoors.

Before adding:

Please remain cautious and when we get into the New Year, of course, we will see then whether we do need to take any further measures but nothing more until then at least.

Some more tips and tricks

The importance of curbing the spread of the virus is more imperative now than ever, as we have reached a point of near saturation. For this reason, people should be taking all precautions necessary to avoid the worst case scenario from taking place.

For one, if you haven't already had your booster shot, that should be your number one priority as it has been shown to be the most effective ammunition against the virus.

Second, if you can be outdoors, remember to practice social distancing measures, especially with people you are less familiar with. Masks, hand sanitizers and avoiding unnecessary contact even with loved ones will also significantly decrease your chances of catching COVID.

Finally, if you absolutely need to be inside during your moments of celebration, remember to air out rooms to keep the air as fresh as possible and the bad stuff away.

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