How to Picnic Like a Pro When Lockdown Lifts

Dare we say it, the end is in sight.

On 29th March, lockdown restrictions eased to allow groups of up to six people to meet outside for picnics, barbecues or perhaps a cup of tea in the garden. A couple of weeks later, on 12th April, pub gardens will open to groups of the same number.

While these are two very good reasons to get excited, it’s important to remember that we can’t fall straight back into old habits when it comes to our personal hygiene routine, especially after a pint or two. 

Whether it’s a picnic in the park, a drink down the local or a BBQ in the garden, there are a couple of simple – and most importantly socially acceptable! - things we can do to both enjoy seeing our friends again and stay safe.  

First up, whatever the occasion, when anyone arrives to sit down, pass round the hand-sanitiser gel straight away, so you all start as you mean to go on, with clean hands.

And for a picnic in the park...

  • Instead of a designated driver, have a designated pourer so only one person touches the bottle. It’s the closest we’re going to get to table service for a while…
  • Keep a minimum of two metres away from other groups and their nosy dogs on the hunt for any spare sausage rolls
  • The most sought-after accessory of Summer 2021 will be the picnic blanket, so we’d suggest investing in pretty big one that allows six people to sit together, but not on top of each other. It’ll be the envy of all your friends.

And what about the pub?

  • Give the table and any shared condiments a quick wipe with an anti-bacterial wipe to remove any traces of the previous guests.
  • Stick to ordering your own food rather than sharing platters.  
  • No one wants to be that person who dashes to the loo at the pub without remembering their face mask first, so always keep your mask in your bag. Kleenex masks come in a handy resealable pouch so you can keep them clean and fresh.

And lastly, when hosting a BBQ...

  • Be committed to your role as chef and keep your own pair of tongs where possible. If the pressure gets too much and you need to pass them to someone else, make sure to wipe them down with an antibacterial wipe first, then ask the takeover chef to use a hand-sanitiser gel on their hands.
  • When guests need to use your loo, ask them to go into the house one at a time. Why not try Kleenex hand towels for them to dry their hands on so you're not sharing germs on one towel? Kleenex Proactive Care Hygienic Hand Towels provide you and your guests with the most hygienic way to dry your hands, as you can be confident that you're using a fresh, clean towel every time.
  • When you pop into the shops to buy food or stock up on drinks, remember to use hand-sanitiser gel on your hands before putting on your mask.

And most importantly, the leaving-the-house routine has changed from “keys, purse, ID” to “keys, purse, ID, antibacterial wipes for travel, face mask, hand-sanitiser gel”. We’re sure you’ll come up with a catchy rhyme for that one?

Check out the Kleenex Proactive Care range to find out more about the full benefits of hand-sanitiser gel, anti-bacterial wipes and masks, so you’re all set for 5.30pm on 29th March…

This article was updated in April 2021.

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