Halloween during a pandemic? Here are some tips.
Halloween is one of those holidays that involve a lot of people, strangers, gatherings, crowds and parties. Celebrating Halloween this year may seem more of a trick than a treat, but it doesn’t have to be. According to the CDC, here is how you can properly prepare for this spooky day.
Wear a Mask
Although you’re dressing up, a costume mask is not a safe substitute as a cloth mask. Make your mask a part of your costume. Be sure not to wear a costume mask over a cloth mask as it can make it more difficult to breathe. Masks also should not be worn by children under the age of two or by anyone who has breathing difficulties.
Wash Hands and Sanitize
Whether you are trick-or-treating or the one handing out candy it’s important to make sure your hands are clean. Use hand sanitizer that is at least 60 percent alcohol after touching objects or other people. The higher the percentage the more effective hand sanitizer is at killing germs.
If you plan on handing out candy, it’d be beneficial to make separate bags and place them at a station for each child to grab. Wash your hands before handling treats and wipe down the bags of candy with a disinfectant. Don’t use bleach because it can leak through the wrapper, making the candy unsafe. When coming home, wash your hands before you unwrap and enjoy your treats.
Indoors or outdoors, an individual is more likely to get or spread COVID-19 when you are in close contact with others for a long period of time. If you’re out ringing doorbells throughout the night or at a gathering, try to remain at least 6 feet apart from people unless they’re people you live with.
Halloween can be an exciting and active night. But it’s important to always stay safe. Stay close to people you know and far from those you don't. Yes “stranger danger” but you also may not know if an individual may have the virus and they may not know it either. Always wear your mask and try to maintain proper hand-hygiene. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible. And finally, have a fun, safe and spooky night.
Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention