Summer is here, COVID-19 restrictions have eased, it seems like we’re in for a perfect holiday season.
While we don’t want to spoil the fun, we do want to remind everyone that COVID-19 is still around.
As of 28/11/2022, the rolling 7 day average is 3868 cases per day, up from 3438 per day in the previous week.
It’s important to stay vigilant, to reduce the chances of your staff and customers catching the virus.
Here are 3 easy ways to have a COVID free summer for both you and your patrons.
Encourage hand washing and hand sanitising
Hands are one of the ways bacteria and viruses can be transmitted across people and surfaces.
This method of transmission is easily prevented by encouraging good hand hygiene, including hand washing and hand sanitising.
We recommend hand washing with foam soaps such as Kemsol Anti-Bac Foam, for cost efficiency and reduced environmental impact:
Where hand washing is less accessible, or inconvenient, a simple workaround is to provide hand sanitiser, containing at least 60% alcohol.
We recommend hand sanitisers such as Kemsol Microban, a highly effective hand sanitiser that contains 70% ethanol, and additionally contains natural moisturisers:
Disinfect surfaces frequently
Similarly to unclean hands, high touchpoints, and frequently used surfaces are common carriers of infectious diseases.
It’s important to identify these touchpoints and to maintain a regular cleaning schedule for them.
One of the best ways to clean these surfaces is to wipe the surface clean with a cleaning detergent, then apply a disinfectant cleaning chemical, leaving it for the appropriate contact time, before wiping off.
We recommend a broad spectrum surface sanitiser, such as Virulabs Viruclear, which is specifically formulated for reducing the infectivity of coronaviruses.
To get the most of your surface sanitisers, ensure you apply it correctly by leaving it for the correct contact time. See this article to find out why.
Keep yourself and your staff up to date with vaccinations and boosters
Vaccines make a difference!
The virus affects everyone differently, it might feel like a common cold for some, while result in life threatening conditions for others.
The NZ Government encourages everyone to be vaccinated and be up to date with booster doses, to reduce your likelihood of severe illness.
As of mid-November 2022, there are additional groups eligible for a second booster.
See “https://covid19.govt.nz/” for the latest details on vaccination.