Practise mum's best lessons

8 May 2020

There’s a pretty good chance it was your mum who taught you the value of washing your hands to protect you from illness, and the value of boundaries. This Mother’s Day, few lessons could be more important.

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Somewhat eased COVID-19 restrictions will enable many of us to share celebrations with the one we call ‘mum’. But all of us, mums included, must continue to embrace social distancing and good personal hygiene to continue to stop the spread of the virus and keep our families safe.

Our great work as a community is paying off but we must not become complacent. The threat of COVID-19 has not passed. Easing of restrictions increases the likelihood of community spread.

Together we can continue in helping stop the spread of COVID-19 by maintaining social distancing (keeping at least 1.5 metres from others that aren’t from your household) and making increased hygiene part of our daily lives.  This includes covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or using your elbow, and washing hands often with soap and water.

Learning to live with COVID-19 is only possible if we reduce the risks.

If you are unwell, you must stay at home or seek appropriate medical attention.

In planning a Mother’s Day celebration, keep in mind sCOVID-19 measures and restriction, including limiting gatherings to ten people.

For some, restrictions will limit your ability to get together with your mum, grandma, or other mother figure in your life. These may include prohibitions on regional travel; restrictions within the Kimberley region, including remote communities; public hospital visitor restrictions, and visitor restrictions in residential aged care facilities. Other ways you can show mum you care are to stay connected with phone and video calls, and via social media.