BOSTON — For residents planning to celebrate Halloween, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is providing safety tips to help limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. DPH is also reminding residents and communities to be aware that Halloween activities are subject to the current state gathering-size limits as well as applicable sector-specific workplace-safety standards.
Consistent with the Halloween activity guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some recommendations include:
• Enjoy Halloween outside rather than attending indoor events.
• Place candy on a platter instead of a bowl.
• Instead of traditional trick-or-treating, opt for one-way trick-or-treating, with treats placed outside of the home for trick-or-treaters as a ‘grab and go’ while keeping distance from others.
• Consider leaving hand sanitizer by any treats left out for trick-or-treaters to use.
• Wear a face mask or face covering. A costume mask is not a substitute for a face mask or face covering. To protect yourself and others, wear a protective face mask or covering instead of or in addition to a costume mask.
• Observe good hand hygiene, including hand washing and use of alcohol-based sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol. Carry hand sanitizer and use it often, especially after coming into contact with frequently touched surfaces and before eating candy.
• Refrain from touching your face.
• Decorate your yard for others to enjoy from their car or while on a socially distanced walk.
• Hold virtual costume contests or pumpkin-carving events.
• Celebrate with members of your household with a Halloween-themed meal, Halloween movie night, or a Halloween scavenger hunt.
• Maintain social distancing of at least six feet from all other participants who are not members of the same household.
• Avoid crowded costume parties held indoors, or any gatherings that exceed indoor or outdoor gathering limits; indoor haunted houses where people may be crowded together and screaming; and hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household.
• Stay home and refrain from Halloween activities, including handing out Halloween treats, if you feel unwell, you have tested positive for COVID-19, you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19; or you have traveled to or from a state that is not classified as lower risk within the last 14 days.