Boston releases coronavirus safety guidelines for trick-or-treating this Halloween

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 29, 2020

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is advising against bobbing for apples this Halloween despite the Health Minister saying it was an alternative to trick or treating.

The Rule of Six remains firmly in place across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and parents could be fined up to £100 for breaking the rule, but guidance on trick or treating does differ across the nations.

So let's take a look at the latest government advice for families across the United Kingdom and explain the different rules on trick or treating during a national pandemic.

"In regard to trick-or-treating, avoid direct contact with trick or treaters, give treats outdoors if possible, set up individual bags of treats for kids to take, wash your hands before handling treats and always wear a mask", he said.

The answer is no - there are no official restrictions in Great Falls on traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating.

In areas where there has been no outright ban of the tradition, families and children are still urged to take precautions and act sensibly if they do choose to go trick-or-treating.

"Different households which are not part of a bubble should not meet indoors and no event or activity should be planned which may result in a gathering of more than 15 people outdoors".

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The Welsh Government is "strongly advising" against trick or treating.

People in Suffolk have been urged to "take a step back" and think about what is safe this Halloween as the county strives to keep the number of Covid-19 cases down.


The two-week firebreak lockdown (from Friday, October 23 to Monday, November 9) reaffirms these rules.

Avoid houses with elderly or vulnerable people if you are made aware of them, or pre-arrange a list of certain households that will not pose a risk to yourself or others.

"We will be using masks and I'll hand out the candy with gloved hands directly from the bag for safety protocols", he said on Monday.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and The Record-Courier will be hosting Trick or Treat Safety Street noon to 5 the Fairgrounds.

Firebreaker lockdown will make trick or treating "tricky" in Wales.

Of course, anyone who is feeling unwell or showing signs of COVID-19 is reminded to stay home and to keep their porch light off to dissuade visitors.

If you're looking for low-risk Halloween options, the CDC recommends carving pumpkins with members of your household, doing a Halloween scavenger hunt, or having a virtual Halloween costume contest.

First Minister John Sweeney is also concerned with the transmission of Covid-19 through handling candies. There is a potential risk in transferring the virus from household to household by handling candies as you go door-to-door.

Scotland's deputy First Minister fears trick-or-treaters handling candies could spread coronavirus.

Halloween in Northern Ireland will not see the traditional fun and games of past years. And everyone participating in the festivities should wear a face covering, which means one of the cloth masks that have been recommended by health experts.

"We want people to have fun, but to not become complacent or risk the health of themselves and others by going against guidelines or regulations". If they're not given a treat, the children play a "trick" or harmless prank on the house instead.

Halloween is almost here.

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