As of now, trick-or-treating will be allowed in Michigan on Halloween, but state health officials are recommending some health and safety guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Moreover, if you’re wondering, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers trick-or-treating a high risk activity during the coronavirus pandemic.
If you want to trick-or-treat this year, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has the following tips:
- Share with your children that this year may be different than last but let them know some of the new ways you plan to celebrate and still have lots of fun.
- Talk with children about safety and social distancing guidelines and expectations. Keep a six-foot distance from others not in your group.
- Participate in one-way trick-or-treating and guide children to stay to the right to ensure social distancing.
Trick or treat with people you live with.
- Avoid congregating in groups around houses.
- Wear a face mask covering both mouth and nose.
- A costume mask (such as for Halloween) is not a substitute for a cloth mask.
- Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask if wearing both causes difficulty breathing. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.
- Only go to houses with safety measures in place.
- Check out halloween2020.org to find exciting activities and ways to celebrate Halloween this year based on levels of COVID risks in your area.
Here are tips for homeowners:
- Use duct tape to mark six-foot lines in front of home and leading to driveway/front door.
- Position a distribution table between yourself and trick-or-treaters.
- Distribute candy on a disinfected table to eliminate direct contact.
- Consider handing out candy in an open space where distancing is possible, rather than from the front door.
- Consider a neighborhood costume parade; it is an easy way to keep safe space between children.
The guidance also asks Michiganders to think about hosting virtual parties instead of in-person Halloween gatherings.
For the CDC’s full list of recommendations, including what activities are deemed safe, go here.