Halloween 2020: Trick-or-Treating and other safety guidelines

Written by on October 29, 2020

 Halloween 2020: Trick-or-Treating and other safety guidelines

By Brittany Sweeney

October 28, 2020

Photo | Brittany Sweeney / WLVR

This year’s Halloween is going to look very different in every neighborhood of the Lehigh Valley at a time when coronavirus cases are spiking in Pennsylvania.

WLVR’s Brittany Sweeney explores ways to stay safe this holiday weekend.

With Halloween just days away, public health experts at the Mayo Clinic say keeping activities limited to people in your household or online are the lowest risk. 

Pediatric Infectious Disease Doctor Nipunie Rajapakse says trick-or-treating is a high-risk activity, but if you do plan on going ahead with it, hand hygiene is key.

“The way that it gets from a surface into your body is usually by way of your own hands.  So frequently washing your hands, 20 seconds with soap and water, or an alcohol based hand sanitizer will be really important there.”

Rajapakse also says Halloween masks are not protective.

Meanwhile Stroudsburg Mayor Tarah Probst and other local leaders are reminding residents of the CDC guidelines.

“It’s very important to communicate what we’re doing and why we’re doing it and even if you don’t like what we’re doing, please understand why we’re doing it. It’s for safety,” said Probst. 

In her Monroe County borough they are planning to space out trick-or-treaters by age group throughout Saturday afternoon.

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