Halloween offers a chance for children and families to have fun together,. The University of Vermont Health Network is urging them to do so while following some safety precautions to reduce the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19.
Trick-or-treating in small groups is best to avoid spreading COVID-19. The virus is less likely to spread outside than in poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
Maintaining a safe distance from others outside of your household or small group is a good way to reduce risk. Make sure children avoid clustering in large groups at doorsteps or anywhere candy is handed out.
Proper masks are a must
If children attend an indoor event or public festivities, make sure everyone wears face masks and maintains safe physical distancing. Follow these simple steps to reduce risk:
- Incorporate a properly fitting cloth mask into costumes.
- A costume mask is not a suitable substitute for a proper cloth mask.
- Make sure children do not wear a costume mask over a cloth mask as it can make breathing more difficult.
- Masks should not be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing.
Handing out candy safely at home:
- Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
- Hand out treats outdoors if possible.
- Set up a station with individually bagged treats or pieces of candy for kids to take.
- Be sure to wash hands thoroughly before handling treats.
- Wear a mask.
A few other basic safety precautions should also be followed. Make sure children are visible when out trick-or-treating and accompanied by an adult. The combination of dark costumes and nighttime can lead to accidents, so be sure to bring flashlights and be aware when crossing streets.