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Illinois Department of Public Health Offers Halloween Guidance

September 30th, 2020

The Illinois Department of Public Health is issuing guidance to help  residents celebrate Halloween safely as the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Guidelines include following the 3 W's - Wash your hands. Watch your distance. Wear your mask. IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike says, "One of the hallmarks of holidays and celebrations is gathering with friends, family and loved ones. We are still in a pandemic, and unfortunately, this year, that means the safest way to celebrate is to stay home and plan virtual gatherings. That said, IDPH recognizes that some who will choose to gather together anyway, and instead of denying that reality, we are issuing guidance and recommendations for safer ways to celebrate together in person. Remember, we know what our best tools are: wearing our masks, keeping our distance, limiting event sizes, washing your hands, and looking out for public health and each other."  IDPH also offered some tips on how to trick-or-treat safely. Anyone participating in trick-or-treating, including those passing out candy, should maintain 6-feet of social distance and wear proper face coverings. Residents should consider leaving individually wrapped candy (spaced apart) on a table in driveways or in front of walkways, sidewalks, or any outdoor space where 6-feet of distance can be maintained.

Click below for a link to the Illinois Department of Health's official Halloween guidelines.

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