According to the AAP, American Academy of Pediatrics, Trick-Or-Treating can be safe with certain safety precautions in place.
“The role of touching objects in the spread of COVID-19 is not clear at this point, but to be on the safe side, collecting candy from a few socially distanced neighbors, is considered safe,” stated the AAP, Academy of Pediatrics.
Keeping the Candy Safe:
According to the AAP, parents should wipe down wrapped candy with a sanitizing cloth when the children get home. Letting the candy sit for a couple of days before accessing the candy is also recommended. Pre-packaged treat bags are the optimum choice.
Washing hands for 20 seconds before handling the candy is also required. Disinfecting the table and eliminating direct contact when distributing candy is also required.
Changes in Costume Masks:
“A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask,” the CDC said. “A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and making sure the mask doesn’t leave gaps over the nose area.” There is also a warning against wearing a costume mask over a protective cloth mask, siting that it may be hard to breathe.
HANDING OUT TREATS:
It is recommended that homes have their porch light on, and avoid those that don’t have their porch light on. For the safest form of trick-or-treating, the CDC recommends one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags. They should be ready to go and grabbed by kids that are lined up while continuing to social distance. The key here is to get creative in presenting candy while avoiding door to door collection. This entails having treat bags set out on a porch, a table in the yard or or some other structure in the yard instead of the front door.
Positioning a table between yourself and trick or treaters is another option. And of course, residents should wear masks themselves. Having candy at the edge of the driveways and in bowls of candy set out in advance is recommended. Individually wrapped candy is essential.
Consider Making a Candy TREE: Hang candy from the tree near his front porch so children can pick their treats the way we pick apples. Along these lines, one could also Hang Candy from the porch railing as well.
NEW TRICK OR TREATING GUIDELINES:
Children need to stay in an orderly line and stay six feet apart all going the same direction as well. Avoid congregating in groups around houses.
Only go to houses with safety measures in place, and should have marked places at six feet apart with duct tape. Parents and older children who are mindful of these practices should avoid places where these guidelines are not evident.
Even though the rules have changed, if everyone is careful of where they go and how candy is distributed, Trick or Treat can be safe.
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