The Walk the Talk event returns on Sunday, 22 May 2022 to Geneva, Switzerland on the morning of the 75th World Health Assembly. WHO is joining with the UN family and the Geneva community to celebrate the importance of healthy lifestyles and demonstrate measures to safely conduct public events.
The third edition of the Walk the Take: The Health for All Challenge, and the first since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event is an opportunity to gather safely and to promote solidarity and a health lifestyle.
There is no “zero risk” when it comes to any kind of gathering – especially events that bring groups of people together. Regardless of the size of the event, we are at risk from COVID-19 whenever we get together with people.
Safety precautions will be taken for this event including the following measures:
- Proper crowd management including safe distancing – employing physical barriers (cones, ropes, poles, etc.) to maintain distance between people, separating accesses and way outs, adopting one-way pathways and corridors to enforce unidirectional flow, establishing spacious waiting areas to complement crowd control measures.
- Adequate ventilation of spaces, either by natural means or mechanical means (i.e. by supplying air to or removing air from an indoor space by powered air movement components)
- Ensuring availability of handwashing facilities with water and soap and/or hand sanitizer dispensers
- Availability of close bins to ensure safe disposal of water bottles and other items
- Make available public health and safely measure messages on the website and onsite for prospective participants
- Train volunteers and inform them on what is expected from them, especially if they will be required of actively disseminate health messages or enforce any PHSM
Participants are also advised to observe the following health protocols:
- If you don’t feel well, show any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, or test positive for COVID-19, stay home.
- Get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it’s your turn.
- If you choose to attend a public event, always follow precautionary measures, regardless of your COVID-19 vaccination status or history of prior infection.
- Keep at least a 1-metre distance from others at all times.
- Wear a well-fitting mask that covers the nose and mouth when physical distancing of at least 1-metre is not possible and in poorly ventilated indoor settings.
- Do not remove the mask to speak.
- Avoid crowded or poorly ventilated areas
- When coughing and sneezing – cover with bent elbow or tissues.
- Clean your hands frequently with alcohol-based hand rub or wash with soap & water
To learn more and register, go to www.who.int/global-walk-the-talk