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Laura Mayes, City of San Antonio (210) 207-1337
Michelle Vigil, City of San Antonio (210) 207-8172
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COVID-19 Hotline (210) 207-5779
SAN ANTONIO (October 7, 2020) – With the first holiday of the fall season approaching, Metro Health has provided guidance for the public to have a safer Halloween. The public should continue using face coverings, practicing physical distancing, and good hygiene skills. The need to maintain safe practices will change what celebrations look like, but it is still possible to celebrate a safe Halloween.
“If we continue working together to stop the spread of COVID-19, our community will be able to safely enjoy Halloween and other holidays later this year. Make the right decisions now to do what’s best for your health and the health of others. Our frontline workers, teachers, students, and most vulnerable residents are counting on you,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg.
“Our community has been doing a great job of adapting their day to day lives to include mask-wearing, physical distancing, and staying home when sick. By continuing these efforts and changing the way we celebrate holidays in the coming months, we will be able to see our families and continue to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Colleen Bridger, Interim Metro Health Director and Assistant City Manager.
Safer Trick or Treating Tips
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Parents and children should wear appropriate face coverings if going out to trick-or-treat. Halloween masks are not adequate protection.
- Limit the size of your group to those within your household.
- Maintain a distance of six feet or more between other groups.
- Bring hand sanitizer and use it frequently.
- Avoid going inside other homes.
- Only enjoy pre-packaged treats and avoid buffets or shared food.
- Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds when you return home.
Safer Ways to Hand out Treats
- Don’t hand out candy if you or someone in your household is sick.
- Participate in distanced trick-or-treating by not requiring trick-or-treaters to come to your door.
a. Prepare individually wrapped goodie bags or leave individually wrapped candy for families to grab and go on a disinfected table at the end of a driveway or the edge of a yard.
b. Be sure to disinfect the table periodically
- When preparing goodie bags, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after.
Safer Adult Halloween Activities
- Don’t go out if you are feeling sick.
- Limit gatherings with people outside of your household. If you plan to host or go to a Halloween party, plan an outdoor gathering as opposed to an indoor gathering.
a. Gathering in small groups is safer
b. Avoid beverages from the shared punch bowl and buffet-style food
c. Avoid crowded indoor parties, especially going into haunted houses or hayrides where people may be screaming
- Wear appropriate face coverings if going out to trick-or-treat. Halloween masks are not adequate protection.
- Avoid using drugs and alcohol.
Remain vigilant by protecting yourself, your family, and the community. For more information, residents are encouraged to visit Metro Health’s COVID-19 Halloween website: covid19.sanantonio.gov/Halloween.
FOUR WAYS TO SIGN UP FOR COVID-19 ALERTS
- Download the Ready South Texas app, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores
- Text COSAGOV to 55000 to receive SMS text message updates
- Follow @COSAGOV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
- Bookmark covid19.sanantonio.gov.
Public service announcements on physical distancing, prevention and testing are available here.