COVID-19 Trick-or-Treating Guidelines Released in Jasper, Indiana

The City of Jasper, Indiana, has released a set of guidelines meant to help area residents safely navigate the upcoming Halloween holiday.

Posted: Oct 28, 2020 10:56 AM
Updated: Oct 28, 2020 12:10 PM

On Monday, city officials in Jasper, Indiana, released Halloween/trick-or-treating guidelines meant to keep area residents as safe as possible while celebrating the holiday in the midst of the pandemic.

Designated trick-or-treating hours in Jasper are from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.

Here are 9 guidelines laid out by the City of Jasper for those participating in Halloween activities this year:

  1. Only visit houses where porch lights are on
  2. It's recommended that everyone wear a face mask that covers the nose and mouth
  3. It's recommended that parents accompanying children carry hand sanitizer and use it before allowing children to remove masks/touch their faces at the end of the night. Frequent use is also recommended when possible.
  4. Those who are considered high-risk are encouraged to not participate in events.
  5. Residents not comfortable participating are encouraged to not turn their porch lights on.
  6. social distancing is recommended except for members of the same household traveling together.
  7. Those handing out candy are encouraged to limit contact as much as possible and use sanitizer.
  8. Anyone handing out candy should use "pre-packaged" items, no homemade items.
  9. Those handing out candy should place it into the child's bag, don't let children grab their own treats.

As the virus continues to spread in both southwest Indiana and around the world, many communities have established new guidelines and recommendations in hopes of keeping the contagious disease at bay, though rules and restrictions vary from location to location.

In Vanderburgh County and Warrick County, local leaders have urged the population to follow guidelines similar to those in Jasper.

As for the City of Evansville, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke also encouraged residents to participate in "Low Risk" Halloween activities, as defined by the CDC.

Across state lines in Kentucky, the state health department asked residents to avoid "High Risk" activities, such as door-to-door trick-or-treating - though local leaders in communities like Madisonville have said that Halloween arrangements would move forward as planned.

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