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Posted on: October 8, 2020

Tips for a Safer Halloween

As with many things during 2020, the way Halloween is celebrated has also been impacted by the pandemic. The Washington State Department of Health has issued Tips for a Safer Halloween.

Public Health - Seattle & King County has also issued guidelines consistent with the fundamentals of COVID prevention: wear a mask, limit close contact with other people, limit touching points, and practice good hand hygiene, which is in line with the Governor’s Safe Start Washington plan.

This year, it is important to plan early and identify safer alternatives to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. The Department of Health is offering the following considerations to help protect individuals and communities.

General Considerations

Regardless how you choose to celebrate Halloween, it is important to keep the following in mind:

  • Wear a cloth face covering. Make sure the face covering fits snugly over your nose and mouth.
  • Avoid confined spaces. Outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities. If participating in an outdoor event is not possible, and you choose to attend an indoor event, avoid crowded, poorly ventilated, and fully enclosed indoor spaces. Increase ventilation by opening windows and doors to the extent that is safe and feasible based on the weather.
  • Avoid close contact with people outside of your household. Stay at least 6 feet away from all other people who are not part of your own household.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often. Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Stay home if you are sick or were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you are sick, have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, stay home and away from others.

To review the full information from both of these public health agencies, click on Public Health – Seattle & King County and Washington State Department of Health Safer Halloween Tips.

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