Nevada issues health, safety guidance for celebrating Halloween

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

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)– The state of Nevada has issued recommendations and guidance for celebrating Halloween.  

Nevada Health Response, a resource used to inform Nevadans about the current status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact, is urging Nevadans “to minimize the risk of catching or spreading the COVID-19 virus while having fun on these special days.”

Many traditional Halloween activities, such as door-to-door trick-or-treating, have a lower risk because they take place outdoors or the interactions may be short.

Nevada Health Response asks to recommends the following:

READ: Nevada Halloween Guidance

HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION RECOMMENDATIONS, from Nevada Health Response:

  • Maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from anyone not within your household.
  • Incorporate a cloth or surgical mask into your costume, and don’t use a costume mask as a substitute for a cloth or surgical mask.
  • The COVID Trace app will help Nevadans protect each other and slow the spread by notifying you if you’ve likely been exposed to COVID-19. Download the COVID Trace app in the app store
  • If trick-or-treating door to door, limit the time you spend at doorways and avoid crowded doorways.
  • Wash your hands before eating candy and after contacting frequently touched surfaces.
  • Have adults accompany trick-or-treaters to help them follow precautions.
  • Whether you’re trick-or-treating or handing out candy, keep your masks on – save the candy eating for when you return home!

GUIDELINES AND BEST PRACTICES, from Nevada Health Response:

  • Outdoor gatherings are generally safer than indoor gatherings.
  • Smaller groups are generally safer than larger groups. Avoid crowds.
  • Shorter gatherings are generally safer than longer gatherings.
  • It’s safer to gather with people who consistently wear face coverings/masks (noncostume), keep physical distance, and follow other prevention recommendations.
  • Participating in virtual activities is the safest option.
  • Wear a mask that fully covers your nose and mouth, wash your hands frequently, and keep your distance whenever you are out in public or around people who are not a part of your household. (A Halloween mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask.)
  • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from people outside your household.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, mouth or eyes with unwashed or just sanitized hands
  • Be mindful that using alcohol and drugs can cloud judgement and increase riskier behaviors.
  • Stay home & avoid contact with others if:
    • Have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently in the isolation period.
    • Are currently waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test.
    • You are sick, have any respiratory infection symptoms, or any COVID-19 symptoms.
    • Any household member has COVID-19, is exhibiting respiratory infection symptoms, or any COVID-19 symptoms.
    • You have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are currently in the quarantine period.
    • You believe to have been recently exposed or come into contact with a COVID-19 case.

Vaccination is the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Influenza vaccinations are also vital to preventing respiratory disease.  Promoting vaccination can help Nevadans safely return to normal activities. 

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