2020 has already been a pretty scary and whirlwind year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The holiday season is in full swing, and that means more activities with others. That is nerve-racking if you ask me.

The Alabama Department of Health encourages “persons who have COVID-19 or who have been exposed to someone with the virus should not participate in in-person Halloween activities. Anyone exposed to COVID-19 within the past 14 days or who is showing symptoms should remain at home. Of course, people at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 should also stay home.”

I would suggest that you consider the risk and perhaps find alternative celebrations. My friends with kids in the age range who still want to trick or treat will be hosting a neighborhood candy distribution (about 25 families).

They are putting all candy in clear bags for their street, setting the table up by the mailbox, setting out the candy, and each family has a time frame to go up and down the street to collect the candy bags. It just takes one person to start the plan; it isn’t too late.

If you still plan on going out, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention offers up great suggestions to stay safe.

  • Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
  • Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
  • Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take.
  • Wash hands before handling treats.
  • Wear a mask.

(Source) For more from the Alabama Department of Health, click here. For more from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, click here.

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