How to Celebrate Halloween Safely

a scarecrow in a garden

Sierra Madre Civic Center (Photo – Jean Sudbury)

COVID-19 continues to impact our families and our traditions as we move into the Fall season.

By News Desk

It’s difficult to think of Halloween without the block parties, gatherings, and other activities that we and our children look forward to every year. As we all recognize that many traditions are “high risk” activities that can spread this disease, there are protocols from the state, county, and local health departments which provide guidance for celebrating safely.

Under existing state, county and local orders, community members may participate in the following activities as long as they adhere to the their city’s Safer at Home Order and related protocols:

  • Online parties and contests (e.g., costume or pumpkin carving);
  • Car parades;
  • Halloween movie nights at drive-in theaters;
  • Halloween-themed meals at outdoor restaurants;
  • Halloween-themed art installations at an outdoor museum; and
  • Dressing up homes and yards with Halloween-themed decorations.

Halloween activities that are not permitted:

  • Indoor and outdoor gatherings/parties with non-household members;
  • Carnivals;
  • Festivals;
  • Live entertainment;
  • Rides;
  • Petting zoos; and
  • Haunted house attractions.

Halloween activities not recommended include:

  • Door-to-door or car-to-car trick-or-treating because proper social distancing is difficult to maintain and sharing food is risky.

Precautions

It is also important to keep the following precautions in mind when celebrating Halloween and other upcoming holidays:

  • Wear a cloth face covering when you are near people you don’t live with, whether you are indoors or outdoors.
  • Stay at least six feet away from anyone who doesn’t live with you, especially while talking, eating, drinking, and singing.
  • Avoid confined spaces; stay away from indoor spaces that do not allow for easy distancing of at least six feet between you and others.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often.
  • Clean frequently-touched items regularly.
  • If you are sick, or you have been in contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and away from others.

Halloween fire safety tips

Bbattery-operated candles or glow sticks in jack-o-lanterns. Keep exits and escape routes clear of decorations. It is also a good time to make sure that all smoke alarms in your home are working.

Driving under the influence

During the holiday season, it is especially important to avoid driving under the influence. Remember that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI. The City also urges drivers to plan routes in advance and to avoid texting or otherwise using a cellphone while driving.

Violations of the Halloween safety guidance in Pasadena should be reported to the Pasadena Citizen Service Center. Complaints can be submitted online at cityofpasadena.net/CSC or by phone at (626) 744-7311.

 

Source: City of Pasadena

News Desk

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