Celebrating Halloween amid coronavirus? Consider these safety tips

October 29, 2020 at 20:24

While Halloween may look different amid coronavirus, there are still many ways to safely enjoy the holiday, health experts say.
“Outdoor activities are best when at a distance, such as touring Halloween house decorations in neighborhoods.”CDC DISCOURAGES TRADITIONAL TRICK-OR-TREATING, COSTUME MASKS, INDOOR PARTIES AMID CORONAVIRUS PANDEMICTraditional treat-or-treating adds risk and should be avoided, health experts say.
If families choose to trick-or-treat, experts advise using hand sanitizer after visits to each house, and wearing face masks (not costumes, but surgical or cloth masks).
Don’t double up on costume masks and coronavirus-related face masks because it could cause difficulty breathing, experts warn.
CLICK HERE FOR FULL CORONAVIRUS COVERAGEAvoid meeting trick-or-treaters at the door because it involves close contact and raises the risk of virus spread.
Instead, prep bowls of individually wrapped candies ahead of time and leave them at the edge of the driveway or lawn, Krilov says.
Use hand sanitizer before and after prepping Halloween treats.
CORONAVIRUS CASES REACH SINGLE-DAY RECORD IN THIS STATEAlso, yelling and screaming can raise the risk of virus spread.
Make sure to follow proper distancing guidelines (at least six feet) and, again, wear a mask.
Small group gatherings might be reasonable, if they are held outdoors and maintain distancing.
Crowded, indoor parties with non-household members should be avoided; this is considered a high-risk activity in terms of virus spread.
Finally, if those options don’t pique interest, health experts also suggest visiting a pumpkin patch or an outdoor haunted maze with mask use, distancing and hand hygiene in mind.

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