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    October 19, 2020

    Know your risk this Halloween

    Children and adults alike look forward to Halloween every year, and 2020 is no different. What is different, though, is what Halloween will look like this year.

    The City of Bryan does not regulate trick-or-treating and encourages all residents to take necessary precautions in regards to COVID-19 (such as wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing) and make decisions about Halloween celebrations that are best for your family.

    CDC recommendations

    The CDC has identified lower, moderate and higher risk activities, depending on your family’s health and COVID-19 risk.

    Lower risk for Halloween activities

    Lower risk activities:

    • Carving pumpkins,
    • Decorating your home
    • Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt at home
    • Hosting a virtual costume contest
    • Having a Halloween movie night with family members

    Moderate risk for Halloween activities

    Moderate risk activities:

    • One-way trick-or-treating outdoors with social distancing
    • Small-group outdoor costume parade with social distancing
    • Open-air walk-through haunted forest
    • Visiting pumpkin patches

    higher risk for halloween activities

    Higher risk activities:

    • Traditional trick-or-treating
    • Trunk-or-treating
    • Indoor costume parties
    • Indoor haunted houses
    • Hayrides with people who are not in your household

    CDC holiday recommendations

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    Trick-or-treating tips

    It’s going to take everyone working together to make sure Halloween is safe and fun for everyone. Families who choose to participate in trick-or-treating should follow these precautions.

    • Stay home if you are sick.
    • Wear a mask covering both your mouth and nose. According to the CDC. You should not use a costume mask as a substitute for a cloth mask, unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric.
    • Keep your distance. Make sure that you are staying at least 6 feet away from anyone who is not in your household.
    • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
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    Tips for homeowners

    COVID-19 precautions aren’t limited to just trick-or—treaters. If you choose to give out candy at your home, please make good decisions to help keep yourself and your neighbors safe and healthy.

    • Do not hand out candy if you are sick.
    • Wear a mask covering both your mouth and nose.
    • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
    • Do not directly hand out candy from a communal bowl. Instead, position a table between you and trick-or-treaters and place the candy on the surface so they can grab individual pieces with no contact.
    • Place a table at the end of your driveway to create a candy pick-up station.
     
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