FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Calling them “basic common sense,” he state issued guidelines for Halloween trick-or-treating that discourage large parties and encourage the traditional candy-collecting by kids but with some basic advice for coronavirus safety.
See the recommendations:
“I certainly hope every community will grab a hold of these and follow them,” Gov. Andy Beshear said during his daily briefing when the guidelines were rolled out. “If we provide a safe option, I am confident in the leadership in our cities and counties will do everything they can…Is it perfectly safe? No, but we can significantly reduce the risk.
“Let’s do this for the kids, keep it for the kids. No trunk or treating in small, confined areas, don’t share bowls with a bunch of people reaching in one after the other, don’t do haunted houses with people creaming at each other and spraying, don’t do hay rides with people packed on top of each other,” added Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack.
“Let’s all come together and make sure the kids can have a good, safe experience and have fun. This is not the year to have all the adult Halloween parties. Adult Halloween gatherings are not the same things as the kids’,” added Stack.
Kentuckians should wear masks, socially distance and wash hands often.
If trick-or-treating is permitted in the community, trick-or-treat the safe way:
- Place individually wrapped candy outside on the porch, driveway or a table.
- Maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from anyone not within your household.
- Always wear a face covering. Halloween masks DO NOT count as a face covering.
- Clean hands before and after touching the wrapped candy.
- Trick-or-treat in family groups and don’t congregate in large groups.
- Trick-or-treat in your own neighborhood. Do not travel to other neighborhoods.
- Use hand sanitizer often, especially after contacting frequently-touched surfaces and before eating anything.
Again, to view all the guidance Halloween guidance, including recommended safer alternatives, high-risk activities to avoid and helpful reminders visit, https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/covid19/cv19halloweenguidance.pdf.
“This is a year it should really be all about the kids…the big parties for adults and everything will be there next year,” Stack stressed, emphasizing wearing masks under their masks or costumes, spreading out candy, and the other tips included in the state’s guidelines.
At the same time the state was issuing its recommendations, Fayette Mall posted on its Facebook page that it isn’t doing its traditional Halloween event.
Fayette Mall in Lexington announced on Facebook, it won’t host its annual Trick-or-Treat event this year due to the pandemic.
In the post, the mall said it won’t be able to provide the same experience while following focusing on health and safety.
“We know, we’re sad too! While we will miss seeing your costumes in person, we have decided not to host our trick-or-treat event this year. Keeping our customers and retailers healthy is our number one priority, and given the nature of this event, we do not feel we can provide the experience you’ve come to know and love while still following social distancing and other mass gathering guidelines. Thank you for understanding,” Mall management said in its post.
Many cities already have set hours for trick-or-treating and canceled theirmown traditional Halloween events but have encouraged parents to trick-or-treat with their children but to do so safely.