The Dundalk Eagle

CDC of­fers guid­ance for Hal­loween this year

- Lifestyle · Celebrations · Halloween

Many tra­di­tional Hal­loween ac­tiv­i­ties can be high­risk for spread­ing viruses. There are sev­eral safer, al­ter­na­tive ways to par­tic­i­pate in Hal­loween. If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been ex­posed to some­one with COVID-19, you should not par­tic­i­pate in in-per­son Hal­loween fes­tiv­i­ties and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters. Lower risk ac­tiv­i­ties These lower risk ac­tiv­i­ties can be safe al­ter­na­tives:

• Carv­ing or dec­o­rat­ing pump­kins with mem­bers of your house­hold and dis­play­ing them

• Carv­ing or dec­o­rat­ing pump­kins out­side, at a safe dis­tance, with neigh­bors or friends

• Dec­o­rat­ing your house, apart­ment, or liv­ing space

• Do­ing a Hal­loween scav­enger hunt where chil­dren are given lists of Hal­loween­themed things to look for while they walk out­doors from house to house ad­mir­ing Hal­loween dec­o­ra­tions at a dis­tance

• Hav­ing a vir­tual Hal­loween cos­tume con­test

• Hav­ing a Hal­loween movie night with peo­ple you live with

•Hav­ing a scav­enger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your house­hold mem­bers in or around your home rather than go­ing house to house

Mod­er­ate risk ac­tiv­i­ties

• Par­tic­i­pat­ing in one-way trick-or-treat­ing where in­di­vid­u­ally wrapped goodie bags are lined up for fam­i­lies to grab and go while con­tin­u­ing to so­cial dis­tance (such as at the end of a drive­way or at the edge of a yard)

• If you are pre­par­ing goodie bags, wash your hands with soap and wa­ter for at least 20 sec­ond be­fore and af­ter pre­par­ing the bags.

• Hav­ing a small group, out­door, open-air cos­tume pa­rade where peo­ple are dis­tanced more than 6 feet apart

• At­tend­ing a cos­tume party held out­doors where pro­tec­tive masks are used and peo­ple can re­main more than 6 feet apart

• A cos­tume mask (such as for Hal­loween) is not a sub­sti­tute for a cloth mask. A cos­tume mask should not be used un­less it is made of two or more lay­ers of breath­able fab­ric that cov­ers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.

• Do not wear a cos­tume mask over a pro­tec­tive cloth mask be­cause it can be dan­ger­ous if the cos­tume mask makes it hard to breathe. In­stead, con­sider us­ing a Hal­loween-themed cloth mask.

• Go­ing to an open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted for­est where ap­pro­pri­ate mask use is en­forced, and peo­ple can re­main more than 6 feet apart

If scream­ing will likely oc­cur, greater dis­tanc­ing is ad­vised. The greater the dis­tance, the lower the risk of spread­ing a res­pi­ra­tory virus.

• Vis­it­ing pumpkin patches or or­chards where peo­ple use hand san­i­tizer be­fore touch­ing pump­kins or pick­ing ap­ples, wear­ing masks is en­cour­aged or en­forced, and peo­ple are able to main­tain so­cial dis­tanc­ing

• Hav­ing an out­door Hal­loween movie night with lo­cal fam­ily friends with peo­ple spaced at least 6 feet apart

• If scream­ing will likely oc­cur, greater dis­tanc­ing is ad­vised. The greater the dis­tance, the lower the risk of spread­ing a res­pi­ra­tory virus.

Higher risk ac­tiv­i­ties

Avoid these higher risk ac­tiv­i­ties to help pre­vent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19:

• Par­tic­i­pat­ing in tra­di­tional trick-or-treat­ing where treats are handed to chil­dren who go door to door

• Hav­ing trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large park­ing lots

• At­tend­ing crowded cos­tume par­ties held in­doors

• Go­ing to an in­door haunted house where peo­ple may be crowded to­gether and scream­ing

• Go­ing on hayrides or trac­tor rides with peo­ple who are not in your house­hold

• Us­ing al­co­hol or drugs, which can cloud judge­ment and in­crease risky be­hav­iors

• Trav­el­ing to a ru­ral fall fes­ti­val that is not in your com­mu­nity if you live in an area with com­mu­nity spread of COVID-19

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