OK state Department of Health issues Halloween guidance

Posted: Oct 13, 2020 / 08:34 PM CDT / Updated: Oct 13, 2020 / 08:34…

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A child is seen having fun at a Halloween trick-or-treat. (iStock / Getty Images)

OKLAHOMA CITY (KNWA/KFTA) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health released its guidance for people planning for Halloween and other fall festivities this holiday season as some traditional celebrations do not allow for proper social distancing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There are a multitude of ways people can safely enjoy the holiday season this year, and connect with loved ones without putting anyone in unnecessary risk,” said Dr. Lance Frye, Oklahoma Commissioner of Health.  “Celebrate, but celebrate wisely, and continue following the three W’s: wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance.”

Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household poses a low risk for spread and is encouraged.

For those who wish to hand out Halloween candy to trick-or-treaters, consider preparing individual goodie bags for touch-free, grab-and-go trick-or-treating.

Event organizers and attendees should consider the risk of virus spread based on event size and use of mitigation strategies, as outlined in CDC guidance on Considerations for Events and Gatherings. 

County-specific information can be found online: https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/covid-19-alert-system.

A full list of Halloween guidance is available on the coronavirus.health.ok.gov dashboard in the Resources and Recommendations section.

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