Halloween & Fall Festival COVID-19 Guidance

Oct 12, 2020

Costumes have been purchased, and there’s candy in the trick-or-treat bowl. One thing is for sure – Halloween is just around the corner.

As we get ready to enjoy and celebrate the holiday season in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Decatur would like to answer a few questions we’ve received about Halloween and other fall festival plans:

1. Can I just hand out candy like normal?

The CDC suggests participating in one-way trick-or-treating, where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway, at the edge of a yard, or at a minimal contact trunk-or-treat event).

2. What if I want to host a party?

Generally, gatherings have been discouraged by the CDC. If you do host a party, it is important to advise your guests about what has been done to protect them and what is expected for them to participate. Guidelines recommend staying outdoors. If you do choose to move your party inside, make sure that guests can remain six feet apart and limit the number of participants.

3. Isn’t a costume mask the same thing as a regular mask?

The CDC does not recommend wearing a costume mask in place of a protective mask. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.

“There’s nothing scarier than a spike in COVID-19 or increased community transmission. Let’s keep wearing our masks, socially distancing, and leave the frightful moments to our favorite scary movies,” says Alabama Department of Public Health Administrator for the Northern District Judy Smith.

Have additional questions? The CDC has compiled a complete list of holiday celebration guidance for your reference.

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