PEORIA — With the pandemic dragging into its seventh month, people are finding ways to do the things they love, and Halloween is one of those things.
While it would definitely be safer to forgo trick-or-treating and other social activities on this most popular of holidays, the Illinois Department of Public Health and local officials have issued some Halloween guidance to help people minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 as they go out this year.
"There is the potential for Halloween to be a superspreader event, which is why the IDPH is putting these recommendations into place," said Peoria City/County Health Department Administrator Monica Hendrickson.
Don’t participate in any Halloween activities at all if you are ill or have tested positive for COVID-19.
Do trick-or-treat with your household members only.
Do space out treats on a table for trick-or-treaters to pick up. Always wash your hands before touching treats.
Do maintain 6 feet of social distancing and wear proper face coverings. A costume mask is not a substitute – wear a face covering beneath it or, if you are having trouble breathing through both, ditch the costume mask.
Don’t hold trick-or-treating indoors.
Do look for outdoor haunted forests and walks as long as visitors are well-spaced. Haunted houses are not allowed in the Restore Illinois plan. Don’t scream — it’s a great way to spread COVID-19.
Don’t participate in hayrides with members outside your household. If you can’t avoid that, hayrides should not exceed 50% capacity with parties spaced at least six feet apart.
Do hold Día de los Muertos events and activities outdoors to honor deceased loved ones. Participants should wear masks and maintain 6-feet social distancing.
Trick-or-treating hours in Peoria are from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31 at homes where the porch light is on.
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