Tips for Celebrating the Halloween Season Safely from the Sarpy/Cass Health Department and the City of Bellevue

  • 11 October 2020
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Tips for Celebrating the Halloween Season Safely from the Sarpy/Cass Health Department and the City of Bellevue

As Halloween approaches, the City of Bellevue, the Sarpy/Cass Health Department would like to join other Sarpy County Jurisdictions in offering these suggestions for a safe and healthy Halloween season during the COVID-19 Pandemic

⚠️ IF YOU ARE SICK: stay home and don’t prepare or distribute treats or participate in Halloween activities. Older adults, especially those with underlying health conditions or who are at a higher risk for COVID-19, should consider not participating in activities.

🔶 BASIC COVID-19 SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS

• Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth UNDER your costume mask.

• Wash your hands.

• Maintain at least six-foot distancing from others.

🎃 TRICK-OR-TREATING

• Keep groups to eight or less and maintain social distancing.

• Use hand sanitizer while out and wash hands when you return home.

• Don’t eat candy while trick-or-treating.

🎃 HANDING OUT TREATS

• Wash hands before touching treats.

•If possible, put treats in prepackaged bags.

• Don’t allow children to reach into the treat bowl.

• Be creative with physical distancing. Stay on the porch and line-up treat bags or use plastic or cardboard pipe to make a six-foot-long chute.

• Use tape or chalk to mark six-foot lines on sidewalks in front of homes and leading to doorsteps.

🎃 TRUNK-OR-TREAT EVENTS

• Masks should be required for these events.

• Consider a drive through-style event.

• Consider a timed & ticketed event that promotes correct distancing.

• Don’t eat candy during the event.

• Use hand sanitizer and wash your hands when you return home.

🎃 NEIGHBORHOOD CELEBRATIONS & PARTIES

• Toss candy from six feet away to children who remain on the sidewalks.

• Set up curbside/drive through treat pickup sites.

• Try a reverse trick-or-treat that lets children stand in front of their houses as treat bags are distributed to them.

• Keep gatherings outdoors and limit participation to eight guests or less.

🎃 PUMPKIN PATCHES

• Wear a mask

• Sanitize hands before and after touching pumpkins

• Skip the hayrack rides especially with strangers

• Avoid screamers or keep your distance even more

• If it becomes too crowded, visit at a different time

🎃 HAUNTED HOUSES

• This is extra risky with screaming and being indoors. Wear a mask at all times.

• Keep six-foot distance, even while waiting in line.

 

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