Traditional Halloween activities are fun, but some can increase the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 or influenza. Here are some ways to participate in Halloween safely:
• Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
• Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
• 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.
• 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.
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.
• Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you.
Observing these safety measures to protect our community from the virus is very important. For more information, contact me, Claudann Jones, Smith County Extension Agent for Family and Community Health, at 903-590-2980 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Like our Facebook page: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Smith County. Stay well and stay safe.