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.
“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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