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State Health Department provides guidance for Halloween celebrations

State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box has announced guidelines for Halloween this year. First Dr. Box says you should not participate if you are feeling sick or have been exposed to COVID-19. She also broke activities into three different categories.

Posted: Sep 30, 2020 6:10 PM

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) - State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box has announced guidelines for Halloween this year. First Dr. Box says you should not participate if you are feeling sick or have been exposed to COVID-19. She also broke activities into three different categories.

Low-risk activities include:

-Carving or Decorating pumpkins with members of your household or outside, at a safe distance with neighbors and friends.

-Doing a Halloween Scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house-admiring Halloween decorations at a distance.

-Having a scavenger hunt-style trick or treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house.

Moderate-risk activities include:

-Going to an open-air one-way walk through a haunted forest where appropriate mask use is enforced and people can remain more than six feet apart.

-Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples. Wearing masks is encouraged or enforced and people are able to maintain social distancing.

-Having an outdoor Halloween movie night with local family friends and with people spaced at least six feet apart.

High-risk activities include:

-Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door-to-door.

-Having trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots.

-Attending crowded costumes parties held indoors

-Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming.

-Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household.

Dr. Box says it is up to local health authorities on what activities will be allowed.

“I think it's really important to remember depending on the amount of community spread you have your local public health individuals along with elected officials may decide differently with regards to Halloween,” added Dr. Box.

She also reminded people that a costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of Breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and does not leave gaps around the face.
If screaming will likely occur, greater distance is advised. The greater the distance the lower the risks of spreading a respiratory virus.  For more information click here. 

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