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The original item was published from October 14, 2020 9:59 AM to October 15, 2020 2:48 PM
Celebrating Halloween is a cherished fall tradition for many people. The individual risk from some Halloween activities, like trick-or-treating door-to-door, may seem lower, because people are outdoors and interactions may be short. But, when lots of people participate in lower-risk activities at the same time, it raises the potential for disease spread across the state.
It’s important to follow best practices to help prevent the virus from spreading. Wear a mask that fully covers your nose and mouth, wash your hands frequently, and maintain at least 6 feet of distance from people outside your household. Avoid crowds. Be mindful that using alcohol and drugs can cloud judgement and increase riskier behaviors. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there are ways to minimize the risk of catching or spreading the virus while having fun on Halloween.
Think carefully about how you might lower the risk, not only for yourself and your family, but for your community. Here are more ideas about how to celebrate more safely.
Follow local guidance
COVID-19 risk varies depending on the spread in specific communities, so follow the guidance of your local public health department. Use Colorado’s COVID dial framework to help determine how to celebrate Halloween in your community this year, especially when considering group sizes.
Protect yourself and others
Regardless of a community’s level on the dial dashboard, people should not participate in any in-person activities, including handing out candy, if they:
Choose the safest options
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment encourages alternatives to traditional, door-to-door trick-or-treating this year to limit the potential spread of COVID-19.
Costume masks vs. COVID-19 masks
Personal gatherings, all levels
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