Trick or treaters

The Jefferson County Health Department released general guidelines for families looking to safely engage in trick-or-treating for Halloween.

Anyone who may have COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, or may have been exposed to someone with the disease should not participate in door-to-door candy visits.

Further, the health department recommends these measures:

• Limit trick-or-treating activities to Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. to limit crowd sizes. (If communities host trick-or-treating at different dates or times crowds are likely to be larger because trick-or-treaters can go to more than one location.)

• Wear appropriate face coverings that cover the mouth and nose to limit possible virus exposure and spreading.

• Create one-way trick-or-treating if possible.

• Provide individually wrapped candy bags and line them up for families to grab and go while continuing to physical distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard).

• Wash hands with soap and water while preparing candy bags.

• If you choose to hand out candy, go to the end of the driveway (this prevents crowding in a smaller space such as a walkway or porch) and place a barrier between yourself and trick-or-treaters (such as a table) and have individually wrapped candy in a large container or lined up on a table for the parent or child to grab and go.

• If you hand out candy at your door, place a table or barrier between yourself and trick-or-treaters to allow for physical distancing.

• Carry hand sanitizer with you while trick-or-treating so you can sanitize your hands before touching your face or eating candy.

If going door-to-door instead of driveway to driveway, wait at the end of the driveway for other children at the door to exit before approaching in order to allow for social distancing.

For further guidance, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s web page at

— Tim Cook

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