We’re approaching Halloween 2020 and the question is – is it safe to go trick-or-treating this year?
The Alabama Department of Public Health says yes, as long as certain safety procedures are followed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
In general, ADPH said outside activities that are held for a shorter period of time and involve the fewest number of people possible are better. People should avoid indoor haunted houses, hayrides and other activities where social distancing can’t be maintained.
Children can still enjoy trick-or-treating, ADPH said, but people should:
- Wear Halloween-themed cloth masks made of two or more layers of breathable fabrics.
- Don’t wear Halloween costumes masks over cloth masks.
- Treats should be individually wrapped and bagged for grab-and-go distribution.
- Greet trick-or-treaters for a distance.
People are also advised to:
- Check your community’s level of risk with the ADPH Risk Indicator Dashboard at alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19.
- If you have COVID-19 or may have been exposed, stay home.
- If you are at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, stay home.
- Practice good hygiene, proper mask wearing and social distancing.