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Taylor County Public Health Notice - Halloween

9/28/2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to use caution and plan ahead for Halloween festivities. It is strongly recommended everyone exercise caution when deciding to participate in trick-or-treating and events that put them in close contact with people outside their households. To lower risk, consider safer and socially distant ways to celebrate.

This guidance is designed to help curb the spread of COVID-19. It may be updated as we learn more in the weeks leading up to Halloween.

Kids and Parents:

  • If you are sick, or you have been in contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19 stay home, and away from others.
  • Wear a face mask covering both your mouth and nose, even under your Halloween mask. (NOTE: Face coverings should never be placed on children younger than 2)
  • Trick or treat with people from your immediate household and maintain a 6-foot distance from all others.
  • Carry hand sanitizer and use it often, especially after coming into contact with frequently touched surfaces and before eating candy.
  • Limit the number of houses you visit and ask your children to stay as far from treat-givers as possible. For small children, consider holding the bag for them.

Homeowners:

  • Do not hand out candy if you are sick, or you have been in contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19
  • Refrain from having children select their own treats from a bowl/common container instead, use a distribution table between yourself and trick or treaters.
  • Allow for social distancing between families
  • Wear a face mask covering both your mouth and nose and wash your hands often.
  • Do not hold large in-person Halloween parties. If holding smaller parties, limit attendance to 10 or fewer people and hold the event in an outdoor area where social distancing is possible. Avoid activities, such as bobbing for apples, that foster the spread of infection.

More information on low, moderate and high risk activities can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween