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Now that businesses are opening again throughout Palm Beach County, are you trying to figure out how to manage Halloween in light of the COVID-19 situation?
It’s critically important to community recovery that everyone continue to practice safe social distancing, wash hands frequently, and continue to wear a facial covering in public spaces, as required by County order. But there are many innovative ideas people are sharing about how to participate in traditional activities while minimizing the risk of coronavirus transmission.
For example, you can leave treats out for trick-or-treaters by spreading them on a table in your front yard, rather than handing them directly to the visitors. Some people are having fun inventing pulley systems, drop chutes made from pvc piping and other creative ideas.
Here are some tips and important ideas to consider from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to help you enjoy the holiday while managing the potential risks associated with coronavirus. Please look them over when deciding the safest way to protect yourself and others this Halloween.
Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk 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.
CDC Tips to Make Trick-or-Treating Safer
Other CDC-recommended Halloween activities
These lower risk activities can be safe alternatives:
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):
Avoid these higher risk activities to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19:
Printable pdf version
CDC Halloween safety webpage