Downingtown to Allow Trick-or-Treating on Halloween but Encourages Lower-Risk Activities

Downingtown to Allow Trick-or-Treating on Halloween but Encourages Lower-Risk Activities

DOWNINGTOWN, PA — The Borough of Downingtown has released the following statement on Halloween Trick-or-Treating during the COVID-19 pandemic:

“Trick-or-treating will proceed as scheduled on Saturday, October 31st from 6 to 8 p.m.

“While trick-or-treating will be permitted, the Borough of Downingtown encourages families to consider lower-risk activities as an alternative to traditional trick-or-treating. Guidance has been provided by the CDC and can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween.

“Those who choose to take part in traditional trick-or-treating are doing so at their own risk and should understand how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 before participating.

“Regardless of how individuals choose to celebrate Halloween this year, please keep the following guidance in mind:

  • Wear a cloth face covering while outside your home and around those who you do not live with.
  • A costume mask is not an adequate substitute for a cloth mask unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.
  • Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask. This can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.
  • Maintain 6 feet or more of distance from people you do not live with, especially while talking, eating, drinking or singing.
  • Avoid places where you cannot maintain 6 feet or more of distance from people you do not live with.
  • Wash your hands or use sanitizer often.
  • Clean frequently touched items regularly.
  • If you are sick or if you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 stay home.
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“For residents who wish to participate in Halloween below are some suggestions.

  • Turn on the lights on front of your home.
  • Make signs that state “One trick or treater at a time” for safety and social distancing
  • When giving out holiday treats try to wear gloves.
  • Do not allow the participants to reach into a standing treat bowl or vessel.

“For other trick or treat functions and suggestions, click here.”

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