Guidance on having a safe Halloween during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The virus that causes COVID-19 continues to circulate throughout Monterey County causing severe illness, hospitalizations and deaths among our residents. Individuals can spread COVID-19 even without symptoms. The primary means of spread involves droplets created by coughing, sneezing and talking, virus particles on hard surfaces can also spread COVID-19. For these reasons, reducing close contact with individuals outside your household, wearing masks, practicing hand hygiene, and staying home when not feeling well are all important measures to slow the spread. Many traditional Halloween activities are risky activities that could increase the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, as they do not allow you to minimize contact with nonhousehold members and create more opportunities for the virus to pass from person to person.
The Monterey Health Department is encouraging residents to seek out safer holiday activities this year:
Not Permitted (gatherings and events are not currently allowed under local and state health orders):
Permitted and Encouraged:
PERSONAL PROTECTION MEASURES:
Regardless of how you choose to celebrate Halloween it is important to keep the following in mind: