Should festivals, mass gatherings and parties be cancelled this summer?

Not at all, but it’s what people do at these festivals and parties that matters, because sexual contact with multiple partners could put people at higher risk of being infected or spreading monkeypox unknowingly. We need to be aware of what can be done to minimize the risk and be vigilant in protecting each other and the community.

People should enjoy themselves, but in a safe way. Think about how to lower your risk by, for example, engaging in safe sexual behaviour, limiting the number of your sexual partners, practising good hygiene like regular handwashing and avoiding close physical contact with someone who has symptoms consistent with the disease.

Last updated: 20-11-2023