Covid lurks in the shadows this Halloween but you can still have fun
As Halloween creeps closer, NSW Health is offering trick or treaters some advice on having fun while staying safe from COVID-19.
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Executive Director of NSW Health Protection, Dr Jeremy McAnulty, said as long as levels of community transmission remain low, NSW Health is supportive of Halloween celebrations going ahead.
“Halloween celebrations will need to be a little different this year due to COVID-19 and we are urging everyone in the community to play their part,” Dr McAnulty said.
NSW Health advises:
It should be a front-yard event, not a front-door event (keep it outdoors and have no more than 20 people on your property at any one time)
Provide closed packaging for treats and instead of communal lolly bowls, consider other ways of distributing treats (e.g. strewn along the front fence, have hand sanitiser at the front gate)
Trick or treat on a household basis (e.g. a supervising adult and children from the same household), rather than groups of young people together, with a maximum of 30 people gathering outside
Maintain a 1.5-metre distance between people of different households – don’t all crowd together in a pack
Keep it local – put effort into decorating the front yard rather than focusing on well-known “treat streets” which attract crowds
Don’t share costume face masks
Stay home if feeling unwell
People isolating should not receive Halloween visitors
Practice good hand hygiene and use hand sanitiser after touching common surfaces.
For more advice, see https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/halloween-advice.aspx