Tips for trick-or-treaters during COVID-19

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Following the guidelines released by the Ohio Department of Health, the city of Columbus will allow trick-or-treat on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Those who choose to participate in their community’s trick or treating, should use these health and safety tips for a safe and happy Halloween during COVID-19.

Trick or Treaters
• Stay home if you or your child feels sick, has symptoms of COVID-19 or is at high risk of complications.
• Wear a face mask, except for children under 2 years of age and individuals with medical exceptions.
• Make sure your face mask completely covers your nose and mouth at all times.
• Maintain social distance of at least six feet from other groups.
• Trick or treat with people in your own household.
• Avoid doors with a cluster of people. Stay back and wait until nobody else is at the door.
• Participate in Halloween activities outdoors if possible.
• Avoid large parties, gatherings and indoor activities.
• Bring hand sanitizer to use between houses.
• Take only wrapped candy or treats.
• Wash your hands when finished trick or treating before eating candy.

Treat Givers
• Do not give out candy if you or anyone in your household feels sick, has symptoms of COVID-19 or is at high risk of complications.
• Designate one person per household to hand out candy.
• Wear a face mask and put it on before opening the door.
• Make sure the mask completely covers your nose and mouth.
• Put treats in individual baggies and lay them out instead of putting them in a large bowl.
• Sit outside behind a table to give out treats.
• Provide hand sanitizer for trick or treaters.
• Wash your hands frequently.
• Get a flu vaccine.

For questions about COVID-19, call 614-645-1519.

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