9 Easy Tips to Stay Safe Post-Lockdown

Here in the UK, lockdown restrictions are starting to ease. I’m so excited to get back to normal life- and it’s amazing to think that we might be able to have a bit of freedom this summer. I can’t wait to meet with friends, visit my boyfriend, and go for a drink or night out.

Whether you’re looking forward to getting out and about this summer, or you’re still feeling a bit apprehensive about getting back to normal life- it’s important to keep staying safe post-lockdown.

Below I’ve come up with 9 easy tips that will help you stay safe post-lockdown, including quick ideas and little things to remember when you’re out enjoying life again

Keep to your space

It’s definitely exciting to hug and kiss our loved ones when we get the chance! But if you’re off to the pub or in a busy restaurant, try to stay away from other households when you can. It’s also a good idea to be respectful of those who want to keep a bit of distance.

Use your own water bottle

This is one I started doing last summer, and using your own water bottle (or mug, cutlery etc.) is a great way to keep your germs to yourself when getting out and about.

So if you’re visiting your friend’s house, or off on a staycation, stick to your own water bottle and utensils- and you can avoid passing on any germs.

Stop touching surfaces

When you’re out, try to avoid touching too many surfaces. There are so many surfaces you don’t think about when you’re out, such as tables, chairs, toilets, doors, bars, and banisters.

This doesn’t mean you need to panic at all, but just remember when you need to use hand sanitiser- and be conscious of over-touching surfaces you don’t need to.

Two hands wearing yellow gloves, palms spread

Wash your hands

I know, we’re sick of hearing this now- but it’s the best way to keep hygienic and look after yourself and everyone around you. Wash your hands with soap when possible, and have hand sanitiser on hand when youโ€™re out and about.

Reduce anxiety

Look after your mental health by reducing anxiety as things start to ease- and remember that no-one expects you to go back to total normal straight away.

Always remember to start small, stick to what makes you feel comfortable, and look after yourself. I wrote a post for Sarah about this topic, and Rachel wrote a brilliant post about lockdown anxiety for me back in 2020.

Wash your clothes

A lot of NHS workers are advised to change their clothes when they get back home from work just in case there are any germs on the material.

If you’re particularly concerned about getting back out it could be worth changing your clothes when you get in from somewhere busy, taking a few extra precautions to look after yourself.

Don’t forget your mask!

Yes yes, I know by now we are used to wearing masks on a regular basis- but don’t forget to have your mask in your pocket or bag whenever you pop to the shops, pub, or out to meet friends.

Two people walk outside with masks on, they hold disposable coffee cups

Choose where you go

This one is a really important (and easy) way to stay safe post-lockdown. Apart from any work or childcare obligations- choose where you go so that you’re always being as safe as possible.

Some places will be more “covid-safe” than others as we come into the summer months- so choose your outings or trips with care and make sure to look out for your post-lockdown safety.

This might mean walking to your favourite restaurant instead of taking public transport, or getting a taxi to avoid mixing with more people. It’s all about avoiding risk where possible- and enjoying yourself with care.

Use hand sanitiser

When I’m at work, I always use hand sanitiser whenever I’ve popped to the toilet, or used the doors- but when I’m out and about with friends I find that it’s easier to forget!

Take your own hand sanitiser so you’re not relying on wherever you’re going to have their own supply- and choose one thatโ€™s gentle for your skin.

What do you think of my easy tips to stay safe post-lockdown? What’s your best tip to stay sfae post-lockdown? What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy reading x

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  1. I definitely agree with your points. I am such a hugger but I am still being cautious of even hugging my friends when we hang out. I am trying to limit physical contact for now but hopefully if things continue to improve I can return to giving hugs ๐Ÿ™‚ Also going to keep up that sanitization!

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  2. These are great tips. We aren’t seeing things start to loosen up here in Ontario, Canada yet but hopefully we will be at that point soon. They just extended our stay-at-home order for another couple of weeks… I can’t wait to be able to get out and see people again, especially my family! For now, we’re just trying to remain patient and do what we can within the current restrictions.

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    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ Iโ€™m sorry to hear that, we were in the same position a few months ago… I hope you manage it soon, this year has been all about patience- and the reunion once it comes will be amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Great tips! My hubby and I got vaccinated. We both work in healthcare, so it is vital that we are protected from the virus. I always have a couple of masks in my bag, even if we are not required to wear one outdoors anymore. I still wear mine when I’m in crowded areas.

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  4. I think this is really important – we’ve spent so long living a certain way it’ll be strange going back to some sort of normality! I’m looking forward to it but a little apprehensive as well, and I think people will be more surprised than they first thought about how anxious they might be. Some good tips to help people along!

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  5. These are excellent tips. Weโ€™re still a ways away from easing lockdown restrictions but I definitely plan to keep doing a lot of these things. I think it will be a while before things are really normal again, but just a โ€œlittle bit more like normalโ€ would be good.

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  6. These are great tips! I’m from the US so everything is back to normal ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜…. It seems like we never had a pandemic at all. I’ll be using your advice to stay away from people!

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  7. All really useful suggestions, Eleanor. We carry masks and hand sanitiser wherever we go and I definitely avoid really crowded places. I think it’s so important to do what feels right for you going forwards x

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  8. Great tips. I went out for the day for the first time in ages yesterday and it was lovely but the amount of times I washed my hands and sanitized! It’s weird because before all this, I would never have sanitized my hands 7 times a day haha!

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    1. That’s great, well done! I just returned from a trip and it was amazing to return to “normal”. Yes I agree, I was never the kind of person who over-sanitised or washed my hands, but if it makes you feel better then it really is worth taking those steps x

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  9. Some great tips! As someone who was (and still is) slightly anxious about being out and about again, these are great to follow. I try to sanitise my hands after each shop/restaurant I go in and try to avoid crowded places if possible! X

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  10. These are great tips for sure. My city has been under lockdown since November but I am able to leave my house to go to work. I honestly am so used to wearing masks and using hand sanitizer constantly that I think it will be a hard habit to break, once we are no longer required to wear them.

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  11. These are great tips Eleanor, I think I will probably never give up on mask and sanitiser after all of this, even when we are allowed not to use the mask any longer: I am not a fan of it, but I feel a lot more protected when I wear it (even though it might be just in my mind).

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  12. Great suggestions! We are still in a lockdown here and will be for a while longer. When restrictions start to lift though, I will definitely be following your advice. I think it is very important to choose where you go. Partly to be cautious, but also I think after being in a lockdown for so long, it’s going to be pretty overwhelming to get back out there. Thanks for sharing these amazing tips!

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    1. Thank you! I’m sorry to hear that, but I’m glad you’re doing so well and it’s important to know what you want to do and how you can be safe doing it ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree, we need to just take our time!

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  13. Peeerfect post!
    Also, just a fun fact, in Romania we have been able to go out without a mask for a week. People, however, still wear it. Why? Because they realised that although the virus is almost under control here, pollution is still real! So I am so happy to see that this pandemic, in all its awfulness, taught us to care for our health, our hygiene, and maybe it was the push we needed to pay a lot more attention to what we do to our environment.

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    1. I think wearing a mask is still important, but I didn’t know that- I think covid news sticks mainly to what’s happening here in the UK which is a shame. Yes I agree, there’s a few positives in there, and we need to continue good habits that we’ve picked up x

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      1. I just ended a call with a friend from Nottingham and she told me about the situation in the UK. I think we’re able to stop wearing the masks because of the vaccination process here which is going quite fast and well ( it was transformed into some kind of a nation wide competition, with vaccination marathons, drive-throughs, free gifts with the vaccination card and stuff like that). But yes, no matter where in the world we are, it’s super important to stick to the good habits developed and learn from all experiences x

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      2. Ooh I see, that’s great that the vaccination programme is going well! I agree, making sure that we’re still being safe even once we’re all vaccinated is so important x

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  14. Totally agree with all your tips. I used to have a shower & wash my clothes after driving lessons last summer – it was a bit of a faff but doing it made me feel less anxious about the whole situation. I haven’t used anyone else’s toilet or a public toilet yet so a little worried about that. But as long as I wash my hands well, I think it’ll be ok. xx

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    1. Thank you! I think if that helps you feel better about things then it’s worth doing whatever you can to put your mind at rest ๐Ÿ™‚ I think that things are getting safer, and soon you’ll start to feel more confident about getting out and about xx

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  15. This is where transition is hard. We had to transition into the lock down now we have to transition out of it. I have to readjust my thinking for myself and my family. I am definitely going to take it very slowly.

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  16. These are great tips! I will definitely be doing most of these things for quite awhile. I feel like I should have been doing them before the pandemic as well.

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  17. You know, most of these are good tips to simply maintain one’s health. LYou don’t go drinking out of anyone’s water bottle after all, and we ought wash our hands as a regular part of hygiene too. Some are more Covid specific, like changing your clothes, but I think that’s most for our own peace of mind rather than really assisting with avoiding the virus. Unless you work in a high risk zone, I think we ought be okay. But of course, if these ideas make people feel more at ease they ought practice them until they feel more comfortable.

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