On Thursday, the Connecticut Department of Public Health released a new set of guidelines detailing how residents should celebrate Halloween this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic requires that all of us take steps to keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe and healthy: wear our masks, wash our hands often, and keep social distances. As a result, we will have to celebrate many autumn traditions differently this year, including Halloween. Traditional Halloween activities carry a high risk of spreading COVID-19, but we can significantly reduce that risk by organizing and participating in fun, lower or lower risk alternatives. moderate, “DPH said on its website.
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The state asks anyone who has traveled to one of the states for a Connecticut travel warning between October 16 and October 30 not to leave their home for a Halloween activity or pass out Halloween candy.
Tips for trick or treating
- Traditional trick or treating is a high-risk activity. Instead, the CDC and CT DPH recommend participating in one-way trick-or-treating where candy bags or a large bowl of candy are placed outside your home for families to grab and go as they continue at a social distance.
- If you are making candy bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after making the bags.
- For people who choose to distribute candy:
- Before answering the door, make sure the face cover is in place over your nose and mouth, wash or sanitize your hands before answering the door.
- Stay six feet from trick or treat.
- Put the candies in the baby’s bag for them instead of having them take them out of the bowl.
- Candy houses can set up hand sanitizer stations outside, or parents / guardians can pack their own travel bottle.
- Parents / guardians should limit the number of homes their children visit.
- It is not recommended to trick or treat people outside of your family.
- Always stay six feet away from people outside your family.
- All trick-or-treating participants should wear a face mask or cover when out at all times.
- A costume mask (such as a Halloween one) is no substitute for a surgical cloth or mask. A costume mask should not be used unless it consists of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and leaves no gaps around the face.
- Do not wear a costume mask over protective cloth or a surgical mask as it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes breathing difficult. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.
- Do not wear a rubber costume mask on top of any other face cover of any type.
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Recommendations for the Halloween party
Events to consider:
- Instead of in-person house parties, host virtual Halloween events, such as virtual costume contests.
- Host drive-by Halloween events, such as neighborhood or city house decorations.
- Set up candy treasure hunts at home with your family members.
- Spend a Halloween movie night with your family.
Events to avoid:
- Large parties that exceed 25 people indoors or 150 people outdoors
- Hosting an indoor party that exceeds 25 people indoors or 150 people outdoors can result in a $ 500 fine
- Attending a party that exceeds the participation rules can result in a $ 250 fine
- Great Halloween themed parades in which it is not possible to keep physical distance.
- Indoor haunted houses where people can pile up and scream
- Hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your family
- Traditional trick or treat where treats are delivered to children going door to door (see tips for trick or treat below)
- Trunk-or-Treat events where cars congregate in a large parking lot and allow kids to move from car to car to collect candy.
- Restaurants that choose to host Halloween-themed events should strictly adhere to the capacity and physical distance guide as outlined in the industry rules.
- Colleges and universities should consider alternatives to costume parties on campus or trick-or-treating between dorms, as these activities will be difficult to keep physical distance. The Halloween Safe Activity Guide should be shared extensively with students on and off campus.
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