The Connecticut Department of Public Health has issued its recommendation on what Halloween should look like during the coronavirus pandemic — and door-to-door trick-or-treating is not part of the plan.
“Traditional Halloween activities carry a high risk for spreading COVID-19, but we can reduce that risk significantly by organizing and participating in fun, lower or moderate risk alternatives,” the health department said in a posting on its website.
“The holiday may look different this year, but the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) believes we can still enjoy a happy (and healthy) Halloween.”
The recommendations are generally in line with ones provided by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month.
“Traditional trick-or-treating is a high risk activity,” the posting reads. “Instead, the CDC and CT DPH recommends participating in one-way trick-or-treating where goodie bags or a large bowl of candy are placed outside of your home for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance.”
Those who choose to hand out candy at their doors are urged to wear masks before answering the door, remain 6 feet from trick-or-treaters and to place candy inside the child’s bag instead of having them reach into a bowl to grab it themselves.