Some simple tips could help reduce the chances of COVID-19 being an unwanted guest at your next party over the festive season.

While the number of people admitted to hospital with COVID-19 has stabilised in the last few weeks, COVID-19 is still circulating in the community.

Emily Chapple, Group Team Leader Infection Prevention and Control, Epworth HealthCare urged people to consider some simple measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at gatherings over summer.

“There are going to be more social activities this time of year, so holding gatherings outside, if possible, is a good way to protect people,” Ms Chapple said.

“If you can’t hold your party or function outside, then try to maximise ventilation, as much as possible, by opening windows and doors.”

Older people, or those with preexisting health conditions, should also consider a COVID-19 booster if they haven’t had one this year.

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