How to decrease risk of COVID transmission during Trick or Treating:
Those going door-to-door are encouraged to maintain 6 foot distance as much as possible, not congregate for long periods of time, have activities outside and consider wearing a face covering when a 6 foot distance can not be maintained, especially around high risk individuals.
Consider participating in one-way Trick or Treating, in which individually wrapped goodie/treat bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard). Or consider preparing a chute where candy can be dropped from a distance, slide down a bed sheet into a kid's bag at the end. If you prepare goodie/treat bags, wash your hands before preparing the bags.
Individuals passing out candy are encouraged to wear face coverings and are asked to pass out candy individually instead of inviting children to take a treat from a communal container.
If you prepare goodie/treat bags, wash your hands before preparing the bags.
Families participating in Trick-or-Treating activities are encouraged to wait to approach a house until the previous group has left.
Jared Reading, MD