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Posted on: October 12, 2020

Trick-or-Treating

Dear Friends and Neighbors,


This email is to provide some clarity regarding Halloween. We have conferred with other communities and  trick-or treating will be allowed 6-8pm on October 31. Although this is a “proceed at your own risk” activity, the safety of our residents, young and old,  is our top priority. It is your choice whether to participate or not (giving or receiving) or to perhaps instead plan a safe stay at home activity for your “at home” family. We are following the CDC guidelines for trick-or-treating. Please understand that trick or treat will look very different this year. There are many “at risk” residents that may not choose to participate. Please do not disturb the homes without lights. We need to work together to ensure the safety of everyone.

 

Attached is a Halloween Fact sheet compiled by the Ohio Department of Health. Below are some highlights of those recommendations for Parents and Guardians and Community Members. I encourage you to read all of the guidelines:

 

  • If taking your children trick-or-treating, limit the number of houses you visit and ask your children to stay as far from treat-givers as possible. For small children, consider holding the bag for them. 
  • Wipe off candy wrappers with sanitizing wipes when you arrive home. (NOTE: Never wipe unpackaged food with wipes.) 
  • Allow children to eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid homemade treats made by strangers. 
  • If your child is at greater risk of complications from COVID-19, contact your doctor before allowing participation in Halloween activities.
  • For trick-or-treating, reach out to neighbors to discuss ways to ensure 6-foot social distancing, how candy can most safely be distributed, and the need for face coverings. 
  • Refrain from having children select their own treats from a bowl/common container or set up a hand-sanitizing station. 
  • Consider placing treats on porch steps or a table in the driveway with a sign asking children to take only one. Or, use other creative ways to distribute treats, such as using a candy “slide” made of PVC pipe, or hanging treats from a wall or fence. 
  • Do not hold large in-person Halloween parties. If holding smaller parties, limit attendance to 10 or fewer people and hold the event in an outdoor area where social distancing is possible. 
  • Always wear a face covering ( not simply a Halloween mask)  and stay 6 feet away from people who are not from your household, whether trick-or treating, passing out treats, or attending attractions or events. Stay home if you are sick. (NOTE: Face coverings should never be placed on children younger than 2 or anyone who cannot easily remove them.) A Halloween mask is not a Covid face covering!  
  • Carry hand sanitizer and use it often, especially after coming into contact with frequently touched surfaces and before eating candy. 
  • Select events/attractions that are held outdoors and allow attendees to stay in their cars (such as drive-through event with displays) or socially distance. Avoid events that involve being crowded in a small area or coming into contact with/being touched by others. 
  • Consider the people in your household who may be at greater risk of complications if COVID-19 is brought into the home, such as those with certain health conditions, women who are pregnant, or older family members.

 

We understand how excited children are looking forward to wearing their costumes and feasting on their candy. That can happen safely if we adults are careful and have a plan for not only the kids having fun but being safe while doing so!


Thank you and be safe, wear your masks, maintain your distances and keep washing those hands. 


Sincerely,

Richard Bain

 

 

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