Building a COVID-safety kit
Tasmanians must remain prepared for the reality that new cases of COVID-19 can occur in any community and that rapid responses and lockdowns may be required to deal with these cases. In other parts of Australia, states have responded to new outbreaks in their communities by implementing restrictions and short periods of lockdown. This remains a possibility in Tasmania, particularly as people move around the state and the country more freely.
While our Health authorities continue to prepare for a case or cases occurring, we must all do our bit to make sure we are undertaking daily activities safely and are prepared for the challenges COVID-19 can present with little warning.
Each of us should have in place a COVID-safety kit that contains items to improve our personal safety and the safety of the people we come into contact with. Items in this kit can play an important role not just in a lockdown but right now. Where applicable, you should already be using some of these items. If there are things you need in the event of a lockdown, get them ready now. This prevents panic buying and the need to go out when staying at home is the safest option. These are the 4 essential items for your COVID-safety kit.
Keep tissues at home and at work. Small tissue packets are great for carrying in your pocket, backpack, handbag or for in the car.
Cover coughs and sneezes and wipe a runny nose with a clean tissue. Dispose of used tissues in the bin straight after use and wash your hands straight away.
Sanitise your hands before entering a premises and keep a personal sanitiser with you when possible.
A small bottle of sanitiser in your pocket, handbag or backpack is handy for many situations such as using public transport/cabs or rideshare services or when picking up a snack on your lunchbreak. It’s also useful to have some at home should your household ever need to quarantine.
Face masks are mandatory (for all people aged 12+) at Tasmanian airports and on board all aircraft (including scenic flights). You will also likely be required by operators to wear a face mask at ports and on board ships such as the Spirit of Tasmania.
Masks may become mandatory in more public settings if community cases occur. Keep a few masks at home and one with you (e.g. keep one in your bag or in a desk drawer at work). Purchasing or making a few masks now means you will have them ready if you need to use them. See how to use masks properly on the Australian Government Health website.
The Check in TAS app helps protect the health and safety of everyone by making it compulsory for people to check in when they visit certain businesses, venues and organisations. This is so that contact tracers can quickly identify impacted premises and people in the event of community cases.
Download the app to your smartphone and enter a few basic details about yourself. When visiting a premises or event, simply scan the QR code displayed at that location and your visit will be recorded.
If you don’t have a smartphone another person in your group can check you in via their app, or staff at the premises/event can check you in.