VDH reminds communities to celebrate Halloween safely


DALLAS TX – OCTOBER 31 2015: Decorative pumpkins filled with assorted Halloween chocolate candy made by Mars Incorporated and the Hershey Company.

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — This year, Halloween will look a lot different as a result of the pandemic and the Virginia Department of Health Eastern Health Districts are reminding communities to have fun, but exercise caution.

“Everyone can protect one another 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 or more apart from each other,” health officials said in a statement released.

Additionally, VDH recommends not trick or treating in large groups or outside of your own neighborhood, as well as not holding indoor haunted houses or large Halloween parties.

To exercise safety, VDH says to consider activities such as decorating your living space, carving pumpkins with people who live with you, or having a virtual Halloween costume contest.

As a reminder, some people, especially those at higher risk for illness, may choose not to participate in Halloween festivities this year because events involving large gatherings can increase the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

To learn more about how to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 during the Halloween season (in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Korean) see “Information about Public Events.”

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