BATON ROUGE, La. – Halloween will be different in a pandemic, but Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is sharing health tips to help everyone enjoy the holiday while keeping their guard up against COVID-19.
In Louisiana, a statewide mandate that requires residents to wear face masks in public and restricts gatherings is in effect. Keep this in mind when making plans and check your local or parish guidelines for Halloween activities in your area. Blue Cross urges everyone to follow all state and local rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that traditional Halloween activities like mass trick-or-treating or trunk-or-treating, indoor haunted houses, and hay rides or pumpkin patch trips with large groups can put people at higher risk of spreading the novel coronavirus, flu or other seasonal illnesses. But, there are lower-risk ways to celebrate the holiday. These include:
- Wearing a face mask that covers your nose and mouth. Keep in mind that a costume mask is not a substitute for a face mask.
- Planning activities that can be done only with members of your household, including pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treat scavenger hunts on your property, Halloween movie night or a virtual costume contest.
- Participating in outdoor, socially distanced activities like one-way trick or treating with individually wrapped treats or socially distanced, one-way haunted forests/outdoor displays.
In addition to slowing the spread of COVID-19, it’s important to keep standard Halloween safety practices in mind. Walk or drive very carefully, and make sure you can be seen by wearing a light-colored or reflective costume and using a flashlight. Carefully check any treats before eating them.
Blue Cross shares tips for a healthy, happy Halloween in this video (1:57).
Staying at least six feet apart from others and wearing face masks that cover your mouth and nose when in public, along with frequent handwashing, are the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. If you have not already, get your flu shot so you can be protected against the influenza virus heading into the later months of the year, when cases typically peak. See health tips for staying healthy this season in this video (1:22).
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