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Recommendations for Holiday Season

We’re at the end of the first semester of an academic year that has tested the resilience and perseverance of the academic community as we deal with COVID-19. Thanks to our collective efforts, we were able to avoid outbreaks of infections at the University of Porto and our academic activities were able to go ahead as normally as possible given the circumstances.

It is therefore essential that we continue to rely on everyone’s cooperation and commitment, especially during the coming period of school holidays.

While the Christmas period is a special time of year which we usually spend with our family and friends, COVID-19 prevention measures still need to be observed during this period.

The University of Porto’s COVID-19 Task Force is calling on everyone to adhere to the safety measures set out by the Health Authorities for the festive season:

– Reduce the number of contacts and the duration of exposure before the start and for the duration of the festive season.

– Reduce contact with people who are not part of your household, in order to protect the people you live with.

– Opt for virtual contact through computers or cellphones, such as videocalls for celebrations, etc.

– Try to meet people outdoors and arrange short visits in open spaces.

– Maintain social distancing wherever possible, avoiding the customary greetings such as shaking hands, kisses on the cheek, hugs, etc.

– Let fresh air into enclosed spaces and ensure air flow.

– Try not to share items with other people, clean your hands frequently by washing with soap or using hand sanitiser, wear a mask indoors whenever possible. We should not be any less careful just because we’re with family.

– Self-isolate if you’re sick or if you have been told to self-isolate by the relevant health authority.

– Abide by all the rules that are in place in each municipality during this period.

We know that socialising and close contact with family and friends is important, especially after the months of social isolation that we have experienced. However, the numbers show that when safety measures are relaxed, the pandemic gets worse.

It is up to all of us to acknowledge the risk and to behave responsibly so that we can still be with our loved ones, without putting them in danger.

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