Health Officials recommend celebrating Halloween safely

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LEBANON, VA (WOAY) – Halloween represents an exciting and fun time of the year for children and adults alike, but the current Halloween season may look different this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Everyone can protect themselves from COVID-19 by avoiding people who live outside of your household, wearing a cloth face covering in public settings, frequent hand washing and staying six feet apart from each other,” said Eleanor “Sue” Cantrell, M.D., director of the Cumberland Plateau and LENOWISCO Health Districts.

“Some people, especially those at higher risk for illness, may choose not to participate in Halloween festivities this year,” Dr. Cantrell added, “as events that involve large gatherings of individuals can increase the risk of transmission of COVID-19.”

VDH recommends NOT trick or treating in large groups or outside your own neighborhood, and NOT holding haunted houses or other large Halloween parties.

To stay healthy and safe during Halloween, consider activities such as decorating your living space, carving pumpkins with people who live with you, or having a virtual Halloween costume contest.

To learn more about how to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 during the Halloween season, see VDH Interim Guidelines for Participating in Halloween Events and the CDC’s Guidance for Holiday Celebrations.

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