LINN COUNTY, IA – In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, finding ways to keep our traditions can help us maintain a sense of normalcy. While we do not want to discourage the fun, Halloween will look a little different this year. As groups become larger, the risk of spreading COVID-19 increases. Linn County Public Health encourages residents and visitors to follow the recommendations below to enjoy a safe and healthy Halloween.
- Avoid large gatherings or events that do not allow for physical distancing of 6 feet or more like haunted houses and indoor celebrations.
- If you are sick, or have been in contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19, stay home.
- Wear a mask at all times when around people who don’t live in your household.
- Bring hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol) with you and use frequently when out, especially at key times like before eating or after coughing/sneezing. Wash your hands as soon as you return home.
- Do not go trick-or-treating or hand out candy if sick.
- Trick-or-treat only with those from your immediate household and stay local.
- Maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from others outside of your household. Parents, talk with your children about safety and physical distancing practices.
- Wear a face mask covering both your mouth and nose. A costume mask (such as for Halloween) 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 and doesn’t leave gaps around the face. 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. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.
- Make sure to stay on the left side of the road and use a flashlight or glow stick if trick-or-treating at night.
- Eat your treats at home. Parents, inspect all candy.
More safety guidance to navigate Halloween this year such as suggestions while handing out treats to trick-or-treaters and alternative activity ideas are available at https://www.linncounty.org/1466/Halloween-COVID-19. To print out a one page PDF of our Halloween Safety guidance, visit https://www.linncounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/14659/Halloween-Safety.
Linn County Public Health, an agency within Linn County government, serves more than 225,000 residents of Linn County to prevent disease and injury, promote healthy living, protect the environment, and ensure public health preparedness. Learn more at linncounty.org/health or by calling 319-892-6000. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LCPublicHealth and follow us on Twitter @LCPublicHealth.