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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.