With Halloween less than two weeks away, and the 2021 holiday season right around the corner, many people are wondering if they can return to traditional festive activities, including trick-or-treating.
On October 10, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases, told CNN’s State of the Union that people should be able to get out and enjoy trick-or-treating for Halloween.
“I think particularly if you’re vaccinated you can get out there, you’re outdoors for the most part, and enjoy it,” Dr. Fauci said. “This is a time that children love, it’s a very important part of the year for children. If you’re not vaccinated, think about it — you’ll add an extra degree of protection to yourself and your children and your family and your community, it’s a good time to reflect on why it’s important to get vaccinated. Go out there and enjoy Halloween and the other holidays.”
President of Covid Clinic, Dr. Matt Abinante, appeared on the international streaming news network Ticker News this week to discuss COVID-19 and Halloween safety.
“I’m really proud to see the medical community and Dr. Fauci give the greenlight to Halloween and trick-or-treating, with an asterisk, with some caution,” Dr. Abinante said. “The things he pointed out in his memo, if you’re going to go out trick-or-treating, you should wear a mask and avoid groups. What I was most excited about with the Dr. Fauci announcement and the CDC coming behind them, is that life is starting to get back to normal. Our kids have had a really hard 18 months and I think this first glimmer of hope for kids and for parents as well that we can maybe get back to life in a new normal.”
Practical safety tips for for trick-or-treating
If you’re planning to go trick-or-treating with multiple families, ensure you know their vaccination and/or COVID test status. Don’t be shy to ask and encourage anyone unvaccinated to be tested before the kids go out.
If any of your friends or their children are feeling symptomatic, encourage them to stay home or get tested to verify they’re safe to go out. Your child’s well-being is important, so you want to ensure anyone they associate with are taking proper precautions to keep themselves and those around them safe.
If trick-or-treaters come to your door, what should you do?
Wearing a mask is still encouraged. Of course, be sure your hands are clean when passing out candy. If you’re feeling symptomatic be sure you get tested to ensure your safety and that of the kids in your neighborhood. If you plan to leave the candy bowl out, also post a sign and set out some hand sanitizer. Encourage children and their parents to sanitize their hands before grabbing a treat or two.
Have a safe and spooktacular Halloween!