Walsh, Boston Public Health Officials Urge Caution, Offer Guidance on How to Celebrate Halloween during COVID-19 Pandemic

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) today released guidance on celebrating Halloween safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, urging residents who choose to celebrate Halloween to take extra precautions to keep themselves and others safe. Health officials have advised that many traditional activities, such as trick-or-treating, costume parties or crowded, confined spaces like haunted houses, raise the risk of spreading viruses.

“Halloween is one of the best nights, and what’s most important this year is that any person participating in activities does so in a way that is safe for not only themselves, but also their neighbors and community,” said Mayor Walsh. “We’re asking people to take the extra precautions that are necessary this year, including avoiding direct contact with trick-or-treaters, wearing masks at all times, washing hands before eating any treats, and avoiding attending or hosting gatherings.”

Tips for safe trick-or-treating:

-Trick-or-treat only with immediate family members.

-Avoid direct contact with individuals passing out candy.

-Wash hands before handling treats.

-Wear a mask. A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask.

-Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you.

-Bring hand sanitizer with you and use it after touching objects or other people.

Tips to safely prepare for trick-or-treaters:

-Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.

-Wash hands before handling treats.

-Set up a station outdoors with individually wrapped goodie bags for trick-or- treaters.

-Wear a mask. A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask.

-Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you.

BPHC health officials encourage families to find safer, alternative or virtual ways to have fun this season. The safest celebrations involve people from your household, are outdoors, allow for social distancing and other safety measures. In addition, BPHC is urging adults not to participate in gatherings or parties on Halloween.

Any Halloween activities should comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines and participants should limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by following these safety tips:

Keep in mind, if any Halloween activities may lead to screaming, make sure everyone is wearing a face covering and staying more than six feet apart. The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus. The city also said that any residents who either have COVID-19, have been exposed to the virus, or who aren’t feeling well should not handing out candy to trick-or-treaters

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