Montgomery County health officials are offering advice on how to decrease the risks associated with celebrating Halloween, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
“We want children to enjoy Halloween, but we want to be sure that they are celebrating safely,” said Acting Health Officer Dr. James Bridgers in a statement. “We have to remember that for many children trick-or-treating, vaccination is not yet an option and we want them to be protected as much as possible.”
Health officials recommend the following for a fun and safe Halloween:
- The use of masks is recommended for children not yet vaccinated, who go in search of candies or sweets outdoors when social distancing is not possible;
- Keep moving while trick-or-treating: less congregation means more houses and more treats;
- Keep the groups of trick-or-treaters small;
- Eat your treats at home and/or after washing or sanitizing your hands;
- If you are handing out candy, please wear a mask while interacting with children and socializing from a distance. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before handing out candy;
- Leave a light on or hang a Halloween sign in your window to let others know that your home is participating in safe trick-or-treating;
- Outdoor activities are much safer than indoor activities;
- For indoor activities in public settings, masks are required for anyone two years and older; and
- Do not hand out candy or participate in Halloween events if you have COVID-19 symptoms, even if you have been fully vaccinated.