With Halloween just around the corner, families may be wondering how they can celebrate in a safe manner amid the pandemic.
Local health departments recommend following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that include wearing well-fitted masks if you are indoors, avoiding crowds and not attending or hosting a gathering if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or were a close contact with someone who tested positive.
For families who have children that are trick or treating this year, health directors recommend children wash their hands regularly throughout the night.
“Wash your hands in between with hand sanitizer,” said Kathryn Glendon, public health specialist with the Chesprocott Health District, which includes Cheshire.
The CDC recommends “hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol” and to “wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home and before you eat any treats.”
For people giving out candy, Glendon said it isn’t a bad idea to have a mask on hand.
“If you are giving out candy, you’re sometimes having that vulnerable population that’s not vaccinated coming so maybe you wear a mask,” Glendon said.
When going trick or treating, the CDC says “stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you.”
If you choose to trick or treat with people outside of your family unit, Glendon said it is always good to go with people you know well.
“If you are going to trick or treat in groups, we ask that it’s smaller,” Glendon said.
Along with COVID-19 guidelines, Glendon said it is important to keep in mind other safety tips such as wearing costumes that can be easily seen by cars.
“Having your parent check your candy before you eat it, wearing great reflective gear and bringing flashlights so that cars and other people can see you,” Glendon said. “If you can wear a mask with your costume, it never hurts. There’s always benefits to wearing a mask right now.”
Lastly, if you are not feeling well the night of Halloween, don’t force yourself to go out.
“Stay home so you don’t get anyone sick,” Glendon said.