Halloween & COVID-19: Have fun while staying safe

What are the do’s and don’ts of Halloween this year? If your child is too young for vaccination, is it safe?
Halloween & COVID-19: Have fun while staying safe
Another Halloween during the coronavirus pandemic is fast approaching, and while health experts say children can go back to traditional trick-or-treating this year, there are some important safety precautions to take.
Here are four quick tips to keep your ghouls and goblins safe this Halloween:
Stay outside
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious diseases expert, told CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that it’s an important time of year for children, so “go out there and enjoy Halloween.”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said in late September indoor Halloween parties weren’t a good idea, but trick-or-treating outdoors was “absolutely” doable.
“I wouldn’t necessarily go to a crowded Halloween party, but I think that we should be able to let our kids go trick-or-treating in small groups,” Walensky said on CBS’ ‘Face the Nation.’
Don’t participate if you or your children have COVID-19 symptoms
“We must stress that anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 or recently have been exposed to the virus should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not be giving out candy at their doors,” Dr. George Askew, the Dep. Chief Administrative Officer for Health, Human Services and Education in Prince George’s County, told News4.
Hygiene is key
Askew said not to share masks or things like costume fangs that carry germs. Children also shouldn’t reach into candy bowls or bags. Instead, Askew recommended those giving out candy prepare individually wrapped goodie bags or use a scoop or tongs to distribute treats.

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