|Wednesday 16th December 2020
Christmas is going to look different this year for many of us and while there will be no big Christmas nights out it is still important to consider how to keep yourself and your property safe during the festive season. Below is some important information to help you stay safe.
Stay alert while using cash machines; if you spot any camera or suspicious device attached – do not use it.
Don’t leave your shopping bags unattended.
Park in a busy, well-lit area. Keep any presents out of view.
Online shopping: Make sure your web browser and internet security is up to date and use strong passwords.
Be cautious of emails advertising a win or discounts.
Be aware of fake products or websites.
Keep your home secure – lock all windows and doors; set your house alarm and switch on timer lights.
Don’t leave gifts in view of windows and keep cash in your home to a minimum.
Make sure your house looks occupied.
If you’re going away for Christmas, don’t advertise it on social media. Ask a neighbour or friend to keep an eye out while you’re away.
Ensure your car is winter ready – are your tyres, brakes, windscreens, wiper blades and windows free from defects and clean?
Be aware of changing road conditions. In severe weather, increase stopping distances.
Drive too fast and you’ll put yourself and others at risk.
Don’t use a mobile phone or any device which could distract you whilst driving
Drink driving – don’t risk it.
Driving while distracted is a significant factor in fatal and serious injury crashes
Drive to the conditions of the road and be prepared for unexpected changes
Know the road like the back of your hand? But what’s around the corner? Be prepared for unexpected changes.
Covid-19 Guidance for the Festive Period
Between 23 and 27 December, to help reduce loneliness and isolation:
– you can form a Christmas bubble of up to 3 households, including 1 extended household, up to a maximum of 8 people (not including children under 12)
– you can travel anywhere in Scotland and the rest of the UK to meet people in your bubble – but you should follow local travel rules once you arrive
– bubble members can meet/stay in each other’s houses, in self-catering accommodation within a council area a member of the bubble lives in, public outdoor places and in places of worship
– you do not have to form a bubble if you do not want to – the safest way to spend Christmas is to stay in your own household, in your own home and your own local area
– you should not go to a pub or restaurant or entertainment venue, for example a cinema or theatre, with your bubble
– if you don’t form a bubble you must follow the rules in the local authority area you live in
– you must not form a Christmas bubble if you are self-isolating. If anyone in the bubble develops symptoms of Coronavirus, all members of the bubble will have to self-isolate until a test result is received. If this is positive all members will have to isolate as advised by Test and Protect
Hogmanay and New Year: Christmas bubbles will not apply at Hogmanay and New Year. Instead, you should follow the rules on meeting up and travelling for your level. Perth & Kinross is currently in Level 3.