The holiday season this year will look different with COVID-19 restrictions and recommendations in place. It is imperative that we all plan our Halloween festivities while keeping in mind that the health and safety of ourselves, our families, and our coworkers depends on us all making good choices.
Please do your part to make adjustments to your Halloween activities in order to respect CDC recommendations State/ County guidelines.
Things to Keep in Mind:
Facial Coverings/ Masks: Face coverings should be worn in accordance with guidelines. Halloween costume masks made of plastic, rubber or vinyl are not adequate coverings to protect against COVID-19.
Social Distancing: Avoid activities and get-togethers indoors and/or with large groups of people from multiple households. Maintain six-foot distance from individuals outside of your household, especially while eating, drinking, talking, or singing.
Good Hygiene: Be sure to wash your hands frequently or utilize hand sanitizer when washing hands is not possible.
Household Mixing: Avoid get-togethers that involve mixing multiple households. Current California restrictions only allow gatherings of a maximum of three households. Please follow these guidelines to ensure the safety of yourself and others.
Stay Home if You are Sick or in a High-Risk Group: Do not attend gatherings or activities if you have been experiencing any symptoms listed by the CDC or if you have tested positive for COVID-19. Use caution when planning your holiday activities if you are in a high-risk group for infection.
Activities to Avoid:
Traditional door-to-door trick or treating or trunk-or-treating gatherings with children from multiple households.
Hosting or attending indoor parties, dinners, movie nights, or other activities with members outside of your household or from different geographic locations.
Attending indoor haunted houses where people may be crowded together and screaming.
Going on hayrides, tractor rides or other close-contact activities with people who are not in your household.
Lower Risk Activities:
Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house
Decorating your house, apartment, or living space for the holiday weekend
Organizing a Halloween movie night or baking night with people you live with
Hosting a virtual get together with friends for a movie night, pumpkin carving, costume contest, or other Halloween activity.
Outdoor activities with adequate safety measures including mask-wearing, social distancing, and frequent hand washing or hand sanitizer use.
Prepare traditional family recipes for family and neighbors and deliver them in a way that will not require contact with the recipients.