The City of Kalamazoo is urging residents to follow public health guidelines this Halloween due to COVID-19.
Extra precautions are being recommended while trick-or-treating this year. The city doesn’t specify dates, times and locations for trick or treating, leaving this decision up to residents and families.
For homeowners, it is asked that you do not hand out candy if you are sick. A face mask should also be worn to cover both your mouth and nose.
Homeowners can also use duct tape to mark 6-foot lines in front of your home and leading to the front. A distribution table can also be placed between yourself and trick-or-treaters.
Those handing out candy should also wash hands frequently and consider distributing candy in an open space where distancing is possible.
A neighborhood costume parade can also be considered for children.
It is recommended that parents share with their children that this year may be different than last. Talk with children about safety and social distancing guidelines.
Keep a 6-foot distance from others not in your family group. Trick-or-treat with the people you live with and avoid congregating in groups around houses.
Trick-or-treaters should also wear a face mask covering both the mouth and nose. A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask.
Wash hands frequently with soap and water or use sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol, especially before eating, and as soon as you return home.
The city is also encouraging people to not gather for Halloween in person and use a virtual platform instead. If you choose to gather with other people, only have a few people over to limit the possibility of crowding
Have all food and party favors set out individually to prevent cross contamination.
Make sure there are plenty of areas with hand sanitizer. Stay 6 feet away from others and wear a face mask.