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During fall holidays like Halloween, it's important to be COVID-safe! Things will look different this year, but we can still have fun and prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wearing face coverings, social distancing, washing our hands often, and staying home when sick.
When celebrating Halloween or other fall holidays, local and state health orders should be followed at all times.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also issued recommendations for Halloween safety. CDC considers trick-or-treating a high-risk activity and offers alternative activities to consider as well as safety tips if parents and children choose to trick-or-treat. As the local health authority, the Health Department considers trick-or-treating with COVID precautions lower risk. If you do decide to trick-or-treat, you should do so while following preventative measures detailed below by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Tips for ALL groups and individuals include staying home if you are sick; maintaining social distancing of at least 6 feet; wearing a cloth mask that covers both the mouth and nose; and washing hands often or frequently using hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
Tips for trick-or-treaters and parents:
Tips for homeowners:
The guidance also urges Michiganders to consider hosting virtual parties instead of in-person Halloween gatherings. If a gathering is hosted, it should follow current local/state health orders. In addition, distancing should be maintained, cloth masks should be worn, and food/party favors should be set out individually to prevent cross contamination.
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