COVID-19 and Halloween Safety

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This is an important message from ALERT Indian River

Traditional Halloween activities are fun, but some can increase the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 or influenza. Plan alternate ways to participate in Halloween.

Follow these Halloween guidelines:

Follow the COVID-19 Precautions

·  If you are sick, stay home.

·  If you have been in contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19, or has symptoms of COVID-19, stay home.

·  Wear a cloth face covering to prevent disease spread when outside of your home and around others who are not part of your household.

·  Keep activities outdoors.

·  Avoid close contact with others outside of your household. Stay at least 6 feet apart.

·  Wash or sanitize your hands frequently.

·  Clean frequently touched surfaces and items regularly.

Safety Guidelines for Houses Offering Candy

·  Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.

·  Wear a face mask.

·  Use duct tape or Halloween décor to mark a 6-foot line from where you will be stationed.

·  Do one-way trick or treating: Put candy on a table, wall, or fence for children to take.

·  If you are preparing goodie bags, wash your hands before preparing the bags.

·  Wash hands with soap and water often.

Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters

·  Make your cloth mask part of your costume.

·  Trick or treat with members of your household only.

·  Bring hand sanitizer with you and use it frequently.

·  Only allow children to eat treats that come in their original wrapper.

·  Do not use a costume mask in place of a face mask.

Consider Alternatives to Trick-or-treating

·  Throw a Halloween party with your household members:

o   Decorate your home.

o   Have a Halloween movie night.

o   Create a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home, rather than going home to home.

·  Celebrate with friends through a virtual Halloween party or contest:

o   Have a virtual Halloween costume contest.

o   Carve and decorate pumpkins.

·  Participate in car parades where individuals remain in their vehicles:

o   Decorate your car with a Halloween theme.

 For more information, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/halloween.html.

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