Is Halloween cancelled? What are the safest ways to trick or treat?
Although it feels as though we’ve gotten pretty used to COVID precautions, it’s still best to stay up-to-date with best practices, especially with new variants and changing guidelines. The Hospitality Health ER team wanted to give parents the peace of mind this year by giving you a “one-stop-shop” to find the CDC guidelines recommended for all the fun trick-or-treating that lies ahead.
What to do if you’re giving out the treats:
- Avoid direct contact with the kiddos. This is easier said than done, especially when your neighbors’ toddler is excited to show you his awesome Spiderman costume.
- Try to only give treats to trick-or-treaters outdoors. This will help prevent the spread of any potential germs.
- Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer between each treat handling.
- Wear a mask. According to the FDA, wearing a face mask may limit exposure to respiratory droplets and large particles and may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus.
Pro-tip: if you want to be extra cautious, you can set a station outside of our home with pre-bagged treats for the spooky costume wearers to grab n’ go!
What to do if you’re trick-or-treating:
- Wear a mask. Note: if your kiddo is under the age of 2, a mask is not recommended. Additionally, anyone who has difficulty breathing should not wear a mask.
- Clean those hands! Make sure your children have hand sanitizer with them and use it in between each house they visit.
- Maintain 6 feet of distance between anyone who does not live in your household.
For a more detailed list of CDC Halloween recommendations, check out this Checklist for Parents.