In less than a month on Halloween, people are already trying to figure out how to enjoy their vacation safely.
To help understand what is considered safe and unsafe, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new guidelines to make Halloween activities low-risk, medium-risk to infect COVID-19. , Or high risk.
You don’t have to throw away your costumes and cancel Halloween this year, but it’s important that everyone knows the risks.
Read on to learn about what you can safely do this year and what you should probably avoid.
Low risk activities
Carving and decorating pumpkins in socially remote areas with friends and family is considered a safe activity.
Decorating your home with Halloween decorations or doing a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt is all OK. You can even host a virtual Halloween costume contest or spend a movie night with the people you live with.
Moderate risk activity
Providing individually wrapped goody bags by trick or treaters while keeping a distance is a moderate risk activity, primarily due to the fact that the child touches a bag prepared by someone else.
Having a small outdoor costume parade, attending a masked outdoor costume party, or going to an outdoor ghost forest are all moderate risks.
Going to pumpkin fields and orchards also falls into this category. It’s important to make sure everyone is socially distant and wearing a mask.
Events that include screams (going through haunted houses, watching scary movies) are also considered moderate risk activities.
According to the CDC, these are the most dangerous activities to attend this Halloween.
Participating in a trick or treat where candies are passed to children and a trunk or treat where candies are passed from car to car are both considered high risk.
We do not recommend attending large costume parties indoors. Also, you cannot participate in the indoor haunted house.
Avoid hay rides and tractor rides with non-family members. Events involving alcohol and drugs can cloud your judgment.
Also, traveling to autumn festivals outside your town could spread COVID-19 to other communities.
The bottom line is to keep this Halloween safe and protect yourself as well as the people you come in contact with. Enjoy your holiday, but don’t get too absorbed in it!