As many people begin to plan costumes and buy candy ahead of Halloween night, local and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials are asking people to be mindful of coronavirus safety precautions.
“Residents should continue to follow CDC recommendations and guidelines as well as the Governor’s executive order related to COVID-19,” St. Charles Parish President Matthew Jewell said of Halloween festivities.
The CDC offers several considerations to help protect individuals and their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19 during Halloween.
In order to make trick-or-treating safer, the CDC advises people giving out candy to avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters and give out treats outdoors, if possible. An example of executing these recommendations would be set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take, the CDC website states.
CDC officials warn that a costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask, and that people should not wear a costume mask over a cloth mask as it will make can make breathing more difficult.
Social distancing and the frequent use of hand sanitizer is also recommended.