Message from Julia Burrows, Barnsley Director of Public Health – 10 September 2021

Getting together with friends and family is an important part of life, whether it’s a wedding, which starts off the lives of two people together, a christening or naming ceremony to welcome a new life into the world, or a funeral to mark the life of someone who was loved and will be terribly missed.

But while we are still very much in a pandemic, with cases rising again, any kind of gathering, especially events that bring groups of people together, brings with it an element of risk.

Regardless of the size of the event, you are at risk from COVID-19 whenever you get together with people. The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads easily indoors, especially in poorly ventilated settings.  

To help reduce the risk of transmission, regardless of your vaccination status, you may want to consider:

  • Wearing a mask in indoor or crowded areas
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a bent elbow or tissues  
  • Cleaning your hands frequently

These measures are a good idea to protect yourself and others, even when the event or venue doesn’t require you to practice them.  

If you don’t feel well or show any symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and get a PCR test.

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