• Fri. Aug 19th, 2022

If you do go out, Have a COVID Safe Halloween

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Cincinnati Police Department

The City of Cincinnati has designated Saturday, October 31, between the hours of 6 to 8 p.m. for Halloween trick or treating.

Police Chief Eliot Isaac and all members of the Cincinnati Police Department wish all celebrants a fun, safe Halloween and are encouraging everyone to “BE Safe, BE Seen on Halloween!”

“We want everyone to have a fun, safe time and ask everyone to remain alert,” says Chief Eliot Isaac. “We want everyone to have a safe, enjoyable time by taking every possible safety precaution.”

Hamilton County is in a COVID-19 Red Alert, which is a Public Emergency – Very High Exposure and Spread. The following safety advice can help to keep trick-or-treating fun and safe for everyone:

  • A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you.
  • Agree on a specific time your child should return home,
  • Teach your children never to enter a stranger’s home or car.
  • Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
  • Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends.
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home.
  • Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take.
  • Wash hands before handling treats.
  • Wear a mask – Make your cloth mask part of your costume.
  • Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision.
  • A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask. • Do NOT wear a costume mask over a cloth mask. It can make breathing more difficult.
  • Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you.
  • If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, and give them glow sticks      
  • Indoors and outdoors, you are more likely to get or spread COVID-19 when you are in close contact with others for a long time. Wash your hands · Bring hand sanitizer with you and use it after touching objects or other people. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.   

Parents: supervise young children using hand sanitizer.

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home and before you eat any treats.

Tips for Drivers:

• Avoid using handheld electronic devices.

• Remember that as soon as you step out of your car, you become a pedestrian.

• If you see a drunk driver or impaired pedestrian on the road, contact local law enforcement.

• Be especially alert for all road users, including pedestrians, at night.

• Slow-down in areas where pedestrians are likely to be or where sight distances are limited.Keep your windshield clean.

• Do not hold large in-person Halloween parties. If holding smaller parties, limit attendance to 10 or fewer people and hold the event in an outdoor area where social distancing is possible. Avoid activities, such as bobbing for apples, that foster the spread of infection.

• Always wear a face covering and stay 6 feet away from people who are not from your household, whether trick-or treating, passing out treats, or attending attractions or events. Stay home if you are sick. (NOTE: Face coverings should never be placed on children younger than 2 or anyone who cannot easily remove them.)

• Carry hand sanitizer and use it often, especially after coming into contact with frequently touched surfaces and before eating candy.

• Select events/attractions that are held outdoors and allow attendees to stay in their cars (such as drive-through event with displays) or socially distance. Avoid events that involve being crowded in a small area or coming into contact with/being touched by others.

• Consider the people in your household who may be at greater risk of complications if COVID-19 is brought into the home, such as those with certain health conditions, women who are pregnant, or older family members.

For Parents/Guardians:

• If taking your children trick-or-treating, limit the number of houses you visit and ask your children to stay as far from treat-givers as possible. For small children, consider holding the bag for them.

• Wipe off candy wrappers with sanitizing wipes when you arrive home. (NOTE: Never wipe unpackaged food with wipes.)

• Allow children to eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid homemade treats made by strangers.

• If your child is at greater risk of complications from COVID-19, contact your doctor before allowing participation in Halloween activities.

For Community Members:

• For trick-or-treating, reach out to neighbors to discuss ways to ensure 6-foot social distancing, how candy can most safely be distributed, and the need for face coverings.

• Refrain from having children select their own treats from a bowl/common container or set up a hand-sanitizing station.