Covid Safety Tips Offered Before Latitude Festival
Health officials offered a number of key safety tips ahead of the Latitude festival this weekend.
the musical and artistic show takes place July 22-25 at Henham Park, near Southwold.
Bombay Bicycle Club, The Chemical Brothers, Wolf Alice and Bastille are headlining.
With a capacity of 40,000 people, Latitude is part of the government’s event research program.
This means the event will run normally, with no social distancing or face masks required, but all visitors aged 12 and over must provide proof of vaccination or a negative lateral flow test before entering.
Public Health England (PHE) East, however, reminds festival-goers to be aware of Covid and to consider their health and safety over the four days.
His best advice is as follows:
- Take a Covid lateral flow test before attending the festival
- Stay hydrated and limit your alcohol consumption, especially with the heat and sun announced this week
- Wash your hands regularly and take hand sanitizer with you
- Wear face covers / masks in indoor areas
- Never take a barbecue into a tent. Although in fresh air, carbon monoxide can build up to levels that kill quickly in confined spaces
- If you prepare food, wash fruits and vegetables well and cook meat well to avoid food poisoning
- Stay safe in the sun by using sunscreen and wear a hat. Seek shade during the hottest times of the day
- Wear protection if you are having sex
Shylaja Thomas, health protection consultant at PHE East, said: âAlthough the Covid restrictions have been lifted, we have to keep in mind that many of us did not attend a large gathering of people for more than 18 months.
âCovid is still circulating in our communities and we are seeing an increase in case rates across the region, so it is advisable to wear face covers indoors, to pay attention to distances between people and, especially in an environment festival, to wash your hands regularly. “
âNorovirus is very nasty, causing illness and diarrhea, so definitely not a festival friendly insect. It passes easily between people or by touching contaminated surfaces, so remember to wash your hands regularly.
“We want people to have a good time at this festival and hope that by following a few simple steps everyone will benefit from our mutual protection.”