Halloween Safety During COVID
Now that we know how COVID is and isn't spread kids and adults should be able to enjoy a safe and fun Halloween. "Kids should be able to go trick-or-treating this Halloween with a couple of caveats, Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated in September, 2021.
Here are a few tips to help you enjoy All Hallow's Eve, or Harvest Festival following new and some old safety precautions.
Tricks for Treats
Residents who plan to hand out treats should wear a cloth face covering, and consider sitting outdoors and handing out individually prepacked treat bags (suggested by the AAP suggested in a news release in 2020). In 2020 many devised Halloween candy delivery systems like a zip line to the mailbox, and decorated tubes or pvc pipes to shoot the candy into the little goblins' bags.
Treats in the Streets
Some communities may still discourage trick-or-treating again this year. If it does take place in yours, avoid groups or clustering at doorsteps or at any other place. The CDC Director discourages trick-or-treating in large groups. If your child goes trick or treating, wipe packages of their goodies with a sanitizing cloth or let them sit for a couple of days before letting your child dig into them.
Download CDC's Trick-or-Treating Safety Guidelines
And for anyone handling or exchanging treats it's also important to practice good hand hygiene -- such as washing hands or using hand sanitizer -- before and after trick-or-treating.
CDC guidelines say "Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household poses low risk for spread. In-person gatherings pose varying levels of risk." These lower risk activities can be safe alternatives:
1. Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
2. Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
3. Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
4. Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt for Halloween related items in your immediate neighborhood
If you plan on having an indoor celebration limit the numbers, and only to those who you know are vaccinated, including you. Have as many activities outside as possible and avoid unventilated or crowded spaces. It is a good idea to maintain face masks for everyone while indoors and not eating or drinking. There are plenty of Halloween-themed options, and have extras on hand.
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This is a good time to teach children the importance of protecting not just ourselves, but each other," Flais said in 2020
"The decisions we make on this one day can have a ripple effect on our family members. We can find safe ways to celebrate and create magical memories."
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!
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