TUCSON (KVOA) – Halloween is right around the corner and families are planning ways to celebrate. But with the COVID-19 pandemic, things will probably look different this year.
On Wednesday, the Pima County Health Department added more tips to its Halloween safety guidelines.
The department encourages “lower-risk” activities such as, hosting online or drive by events. They recommend activities that prevent close contact with others as Pima County is still seeing cases of COVID-19.
Here’s the Health Department’s guide for more traditional holiday activities:
If you will be handing out candy – give treats outdoors instead of at the doorstep or other enclosed spaces. Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters by setting up a table or station with pre-packaged treats for kids to take. Prevent groups of children and others from bunching up by keeping decorations and other obstacles clear from pathways. Be sure to wear a mask while out.
For adults – Bring hand sanitizer and take “clean hand” breaks for children and adults. Take your time and be mindful of keeping six feet of distance from others. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before eating any treats. Keep yourself or any family members at home if they are sick. Make sure to wear a cloth mask as well.
For your trick-or-treaters – Make a cloth mask part of their costume. Costume masks are not a suitable substitute for a cloth mask. Do not wear a costume mask that covers your mouth or nose over a cloth mask. It can make breathing difficult. Stay at least six feet away from others who do not live with you. Give others time and space to move from an area before approaching.
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For more information, visit www.pima.gov/covid19 and www.pima.gov/flu.
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