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Posted on: October 12, 2020

Halloween Guidelines Issued by Board of Health, City Health Officer

City board of health Halloween Guidelines

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Oct. 12, 2020                                                                                                                                                                
Contact: Dr. Marti Sharkey
City Health Officer
msharkey@fayetteville-ar.gov


Halloween Guidelines Issued by Board of Health, City Health Officer

 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.— Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. The Fayetteville Board of Health is asking the residents of Fayetteville to participate in lower risk activities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are asking you to please adhere to the following guidelines:

 Participate in safe alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating:

  • Small group, outdoor costume parades
  • Outdoor pumpkin carving/decorating while social distancing
  • Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while walking in their neighborhood
  • Having an Easter egg hunt-style trick-or-treat search

Activities to avoid:

  • 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
  • Attending crowded costume parties held indoors
  • Going to a haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming
  • Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household

Alternative trick-or-treating:

  • All pedestrian traffic should flow in the same direction
  • Only trick-or-treat with members of the same household 
  • Wear a mask (see below) and maintain social distancing of at least six feet
  • Individually wrapped goodie bags or treats are lined up for families to grab and go at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard
  • If you are preparing goodie bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after preparing the bags

The safe use of masks:

  • 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
  • Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe 
  • Consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask

Please check the City’s www.fayetteville-ar.gov/covid19 webpage to keep up to date on information for Fayetteville residents and businesses, including links to state- and city-level COVID-19 numbers, Arkansas Department of Health directives and helpful resources during the pandemic. 

 

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