WA’s Christmas lights in COVID times
Please note, the information shared in this article was correct at the time of publishing. For the latest information, please refer to the COVID-19 information provided by the WA Government.
Christmas is a time of year that’s all about spreading joy and good wishes. In this unusual and challenging year of 2020, it has also become about how NOT to spread COVID-19.
The Synergy Xmas Lights Trail has become the home of Christmas lights in WA – and we want to help keep our WA community safe. Whether you’re decorating your home with lights to share the joy of Christmas, or planning to tour around to enjoy the magic of the Christmas lights, here are some tips to help you stay COVID-safe.
Keep up physical distancing
Every Western Australian needs to play their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This means following good hygiene habits and physical distancing:
- Keep 1.5 metres away from others wherever possible.
- Don't make unnecessary physical contact with others and avoid physical greetings, such as handshakes, hugs and kisses.
If you’re decorating your home this year, consider the design of your lights and whether people could stay physically distanced when they visit. Decorators can also download here a COVID-safe sign to display on their lawn to remind visitors to play their part when visiting their display.
Stay at home if you’re unwell
It’s important to stay at home if you’re not feeling well, particularly if you have any cold or flu symptoms. Seek medical advice and if recommended by a medical professional get tested for COVID-19.
If you’re a decorator and you’re not feeling well, please stay inside and avoid contact with any visitors to your lights. You might even choose to switch off while you’re unwell and not feeling up for visitors.
Keep your hands clean and away from your mouth
Whether you’re visiting lights or a decorator sharing your lights, keep a supply of alcohol-based hand sanitiser close by so you can wash your hands if you can’t get to a sink with soap and water. Think of it as “Santa-tiser!”
If you’re a decorator, this could be the year to focus on making a visual impact rather than providing a hands-on experience for your visitors.
Drive safely if you’re staying in your car
If you’re planning to drive around to look at Christmas lights, you might decide to avoid exposure to potentially crowded situations and enjoy the lights from your car. This can be a great way to see the lights – but it’s important to remember that this can create traffic challenges. Always drive and park legally, maintain a safe speed and be mindful of other drivers and pedestrians at all times.
A final festive note
While there are fewer active cases of COVID-19 within WA, other states in Australia have experienced elevated levels of community transmission recently. It’s important to maintain sensible public health measures including good hygiene, rigorous cleaning regimes and physical distancing.
These practices will help to reduce the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission in the community.