“Each year, children throughout our county look forward to celebrating Halloween, however, this year looks a little different than many Halloweens of the past," says Sheriff Terry Johnson, "Following some common- sense practices can keep events safer but still provide enjoyment for our kids."
As Alamance COVID-19 positive cases have increased during the past few weeks, it is imperative that we all follow local, state, and county health guidelines for Halloween events. “The majority of the spread of COVID-19 is attributed to community transmission from events, small social gatherings, and any time you are in close contact with people that are not in your household,” says Interim Health Director Alex Rimmer.
This Halloween, the Sheriff encourages all our residents to follow these safety tips:
- Participate in lower risk activities as outlined by the NC Department of Health and Human Services.
- Limit participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door.
- Halloween costume masks are not suitable to provide COVID-19 protection.
- Promote the use of hand sanitizer by trick-or-treaters and their families.
- Encourage social distancing.
- Decline having trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots.
- Do not attend crowded costume parties held indoors.
- Avoid going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming.
- Discourage going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household.
- Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
- Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
- At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.
- Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten.
- Wash fruit and slice it into small pieces.
- Throw away any candy that is unwrapped or partially wrapped or has a strange odor, color, or texture.
- Keep candles and Jack O' Lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame.
- Keep candles and Jack O' Lanterns away from curtains, decorations, and other combustibles that could catch fire.
- Do not leave your house unattended.
"Halloween is a fun time here in Alamance County,” says Sheriff Johnson, "but we all need to do our part in adapting our Halloween activities in an effort to keep our community safe.”