As COVID-19 cases and community spread positivity rates continue to rise, the COVID-19 Community Task Force of Bartholomew County urges residents to observe safe practices in Halloween celebrations and activities. In an effort to do all we can to limit the spread of coronavirus through activities commonly associated with Halloween, residents, business and organizations are encouraged to refrain from traditional Halloween activities that pose a high or moderate risk of viral spread.
High- and moderate-risk Halloween celebrations include, but are not limited to, traditional residential trick-or-treating – where treats are handed out and received with close-contact – and indoor costume parties and gatherings where masking and social distancing is not followed. Halloween celebrations that pose a minimal risk include virtual gatherings, carving pumpkins, and treat scavenger hunts with the members of the same household.
More examples of minimal- to high-risk activities, as identified by the CDC can be found through the COVID-19 Community Task Force website.
Residents who have COVID-19 or who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters under any circumstances.
Residents who decide to engage in trick-or-treat activities should observe the following:
- Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
- Only give out treats outdoors.
- Set up a station or table with individually bagged treats for kids to take.
- Sanitize hands before handling treats.
- Wear a mask.
- If the above cannot be followed, residents should refrain from participating
In addition, trick-or-treaters should:
- Wear a cloth mask or face covering (this does not include a plastic costume mask)
- Maintain social and physical distancing of 6 feet from others
- Sanitize hands frequently
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds prior to consuming any treats