The coronavirus pandemic isn’t stopping Halloween in Philadelphia this year, though they’re still urging parents and children to take precautions.
The Department of Health released the following Halloween guidelines:
Follow the COVID-19 Precautions
- If you are sick, stay home.
- If you have been in contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19, or has symptoms of COVID-19, stay home.
- Wear a cloth face covering to prevent disease spread when outside of your home and around others who are not part of your household.
- Keep activities outdoors.
- Avoid close contact with others outside of your household. Stay at least 6 feet apart.
- Wash or sanitize your hands frequently.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and items regularly.
Consider Alternatives to Trick-or-treating
- Throw a Halloween party with your household members:
- Decorate your home.
- Have a Halloween movie night.
- Create a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home, rather than going home to home.
- Celebrate with friends through a virtual Halloween party or contest:
- Have a virtual Halloween costume contest.
- Carve and decorate pumpkins.
- Participate in car parades where individuals remain in their vehicles:
- Include socially distant judging for a costume contest.
- Decorate your car with a Halloween theme.
Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters
- Trick or treat with members of your household only.
- Limit the number of houses you visit.
- Ask children to stay as far away from the treat-givers as possible.
- Have an adult hold the candy/bag for smaller children.
- Only allow children to eat treats that come in their original wrapper.
- Talk to your neighbors about ways to enjoy Halloween safely, including creative ways to distribute treats like hanging candy from a wall or fence for children to take.
- Do not use a costume mask in place of a face mask.
Safety Guidelines for Houses Offering Candy
- Do not hand out candy if you are sick.
- Wear a face mask.
- Use duct tape or Halloween décor to mark a 6-foot line from where you will be stationed.
- Do one-way trick or treating:
- Put candy on a table, wall, or fence for children to take.
- If you are preparing goodie bags, wash your hands before preparing the bags.
- Wash hands with soap and water often.
For Operators of Halloween Events and Attractions
- Follow all state and local guidelines regarding event size (25 people indoors, 150 people outdoors).
- Provide masks and hand sanitizer.
- Hold events outside or in large spaces that allow for physical distancing. See Guidance for Outdoor Performances and Events.
- Consider limiting common seating areas or play areas where people may congregate.
Notify the Philadelphia Department of Public Health at 215-685-5488 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you learn that someone with COVID-19 has worked at or visited your event/attraction.
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