RIDOH provides trick-or-treaters with pandemic guidelines

Recommends several tips to enjoy Halloween safely this season

Posted 10/28/20

PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control are out with the latest tips to safely trick-or-treat this Halloween, “Día de los …

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RIDOH provides trick-or-treaters with pandemic guidelines

Recommends several tips to enjoy Halloween safely this season

Posted

PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control are out with the latest tips to safely trick-or-treat this Halloween, “Día de los Muertos,” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The RIDOH strongly recommends trick-or-treating and celebrating only with people you live with. Any time you’re near people you don’t live with, wear your mask and watch your distance. Do not host or attend a Halloween party.

Stay home and do not hand out candy if you have COVID-19 symptoms, if you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or if you are in quarantine or isolation.

Trick-or-treat before dark so you can keep a safe distance from other trick-or-treaters. Use hand sanitizer before and after choosing pumpkins or picking apples.

Remember the three “Ws:” Wear a mask that’s at least two layers thick and fits snugly but comfortably over your nose, mouth, and chin without any gaps; Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or carry and use hand sanitizer that’s at least 60% alcohol; Watch your distance by staying at least six feet apart from others.

Other trick-or-treating tips include leaving individually wrapped goodie bags lined up at least six feet from your door for kids to grab and go. Do not hand out candy from a bowl. And go trick-or-treating with your children to make sure they do it safely.

The RIDOH notes a Halloween costume mask alone will not protect you and others from COVID-19. Wearing a costume mask over a protective face covering can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. The safest option is to wear face paints and a Halloween-themed protective face covering.

Staying home and avoiding contact with people you don’t live with is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. If you risk trick-or-treating this year, follow these tips to help lower the chances of catching and spreading COVID-19.

Find more tips for safely celebrating Halloween and other upcoming holidays at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html, reopeningri.com and health.ri.gov/covid.

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