Plan Safe, Drink Safe, Home Safe

Plan Safe, Drink Safe, Home Safe

We’ve all been there: the morning after the night before, wondering where it all went wrong and feeling very sorry for yourself. Would better planning have helped avoid that all too familiar hangover? Probably!

Given that student club nights are not going ahead in the same way this year, it’s very easy to feel confused and unsure of how you can still have the same student experience. Plan Safe, Drink Safe, Home Safe is our safety campaign aimed at making sure you have the best time possible, whilst staying COVID safe and drink-aware. In light of the "new normal", here are some key tips to remember:


Plan Safe

If you're going out:

  • Stick to the rule of 6 – venues will have a maximum capacity, no more than 6 at a table from a maximum of 2 households.

  • Book your table in advance.

  • Take a face covering with you and wear it where you're required to do so.

  • Download the NHS COVID-19 app before you go – you may be required to scan a QR code when you enter a venue.

  • Know your way to and from venues to avoid getting lost

  • All About Respect offer FREE personal alarms – find them at the Students' Union!

If you're staying in:

  • No more than 6 people from multiple households can be together at any one time – including student halls and private accommodation.

  • It’s always worth planning for an online option if you’re keen to have bigger meetups.

  • Be aware of the neighbourhood you live in – there are elderly people, families and full-time workers around student accommodation who won’t all appreciate hearing your presence.


Drink Safe

  • Take care of your mates.
  • Stay 2m apart. Even if you see people you know, resist the urge to get close to them and remember the rule of 6!
  • Don’t share your glass or pass the bottle around. This increases the risk of transmission of Coronavirus.
  • Remember to eat before to line your stomach.
  • Know your limits – a standard drink contains about 10 grams of alcohol, which is the amount your body can process in 1 hour. How much alcohol you can handle depends on your age, weight, gender and how you feel at the time.
  • Know when to say “no”. It can be easy to be persuaded to have “just one more round”, but if you know you’ve had enough, say so.
  • Always remember, every 3rd drink should be water, even if you’re drinking from the comfort of your home.


Home Safe

  • Plan to get home before the 10pm curfew to avoid gathering in crowds.
  • Respect the community in York – don't loiter in the streets after venues close and keep the noise to an absolute minimum when you're making your way home.
  • Streamline Taxis are always a call away on 01904 656565. They offer 10% student discount when you show your student ID card! If you have no money, they can take your student card, which you can pick up when you pay at the Streamline offices.
  • Ask for Angela. If you ever feel threatened or are in an uncomfortable situation, ask any member of staff in the bar for Angela and they will be able to offer help immediately – this is a nationwide scheme.
  • Recognise your surroundings.
  • Don’t Drink and Drown. After a few drinks you may believe you can channel your inner Michael Phelps, however we encourage that you do not. The rivers in York have very strong undercurrents and over the years several students have been lost to them. Similarly, avoid walking along the rivers after you have been drinking to avoid the risk of falling.


Safe Sex

The Government suggests that if you're having sexual intercourse with someone outside of your bubble, you wear a mask, avoid kissing, and practice positions which are not face to face. Whilst this may seem ridiculous, it is important to remember that restrictions do still apply in these circumstances.

Treat COVID like an STI:

  • Protect yourself when around new people – wear a mask and a condom.
  • Get tested if you have symptoms – you can get home testing kits!
  • Isolate if you have symptoms and avoid people (and sex).
  • If you have it, do the polite thing and let people know to prevent the spread

The Terrance Higgins Trust suggest that you need should find a way to balance your need for sex and intimacy with the risks of the spread of COVID-19. They also reccomend that the best sexual partner during the pandemic is yourself! Ideally, you will only have sex with people in your household, and if you are with those outside of your bubble, limit the number of partners. As usual, remember to use a condom as there is evidence that the virus is spread through semen and faeces.

Additionally, STIs haven’t gone away and are still are a risk. If you are in need of protection, swing by the Students' Union where we will be happy to provide you with condoms.


Overall, we want you to have fun, make friends and most of all stay safe!