PLYMOUTH – It’s okay to have a scary good time this Halloween – simply do it safely by carrying masks, staying six toes aside and washing your palms.
That’s the message from the city’s Board of Well being and Public Well being Division, Massachusetts Division of Public Well being and Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. They’re advocating that youngsters of all ages benefit from the annual celebration – so long as they take correct precautions.
Plymouth elected to not cancel Halloween this yr due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a substitute, native well being officers are recommending methods how individuals can benefit from the celebration safely. Adults and youngsters can restrict the prospect of an infection by not attending events the place they are going to be in shut proximity of others.
“We’re telling residents to watch out,” stated Karen Keane, director of Public Well being. “Keep away from public gatherings and confine your actions to individuals in the identical family.”
Barry Potvin, chair of the Board of Well being, stated mother and father could wish to rethink how their youngsters take part within the celebration this yr. He identified that the normal door-to-door trick-or-treating and events with shut contact by celebrants are thought of to be high-risk actions for contracting COVID-19
“CDC pointers advocate towards gatherings and home-to-home sweet distribution,” he stated on the well being board assembly Tuesday. “Even out of doors occasions the place children can get treats from automobile trunk are thought of excessive danger. I do know some persons are planning celebrations at house, however crowded indoor events will not be good both. Many individuals are asymptomatic or presymptomatic. They could not really feel sick however can nonetheless unfold the virus.”
As a substitute of conventional actions, well being officers counsel individuals contemplate these low-risk options:
Carving or adorning pumpkins with members of your family and displaying them
Carving or adorning pumpkins exterior – at a secure distance – with neighbors or pals
Adorning your home, condo or residing house
Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt the place youngsters are given lists of themed issues to search for whereas admiring out of doors Halloween decorations at a distance
aving a digital Halloween costume contest
Having a Halloween film night time with individuals you reside with
Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search along with your family members in or round your house relatively than going home to deal with
If trick-or-treating remains to be deliberate, watch out. Sweet must be positioned in separate luggage for distribution. Grabbing treats from a big bowl is one positive manner of delivering the nasty trick of an infection by cross-contamination. Wash your palms earlier than assembling deal with luggage, throughout any contact with one other individual or shared floor, and after any exercise the place the virus is likely to be unfold.
Everybody ought to keep not less than six toes aside and put on a face masks – so long as it isn’t lined by a dressing up masks.
“We don’t advocate carrying a masks beneath a Halloween masks,” she stated. “That makes it tough to breathe.”
For extra details about Halloween security, go to www.plymouth-ma.gov/public-health-department/information/halloween-guidance-during-covid-19.