The Vanderburgh and Warrick County Health Departments have provided residents of Evansville, Vanderburgh County, and Warrick County with recommendations that aim to keep children and families safe this Halloween amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We know that increased risk of spreading COVID-19 occurs through personal contact between individuals who aren’t social distanced of six feet or more, and when people don’t utilize face coverings," the Vanderburgh County Health Department said. "The attached recommendations, if followed, should allow children and families to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19, and to be safer during the Halloween holiday."
Here is the guidance released by the health departments:
- It is recommended that everyone participating in any event wear a face mask that covers the nose and mouth. Costume masks are not a substitute for a cloth mask.
- It is recommended that parents who are accompanying children carry hand sanitizer and use it before allowing children to remove their masks or touch their faces at the end of the event. Frequent use is also recommended when possible.
- Those who are considered high risk due to age or health conditions are encouraged not to participate in events.
- Those residents who are not comfortable participating in the event are encouraged NOT to turn on their outside/porch light thus indicating they do not wish to participate.
- Those persons who are Trick or Treating are encouraged to only visit those homes with outside/porch lights on indicating that they are participating in the event.
- Social distancing is recommended except for those members of the same household who may travel as a group.
- If you are handing out candy it is encouraged that you limit your contact as much as possible and that you use hand sanitizer and/or wash your hands between contact with others. It is recommended that facial coverings be worn while handing out treats.
- If you are handing out candy or any other food items, please use only “pre-packaged” food from a manufacturer. (No homemade items please).
- When handing out candy or food items please place the items into the child’s bag or container, do not let the children grab their own treats.
On Tuesday, the state of Indiana reported its highest number of new COVID-19 deaths to date. The deaths of two Vanderburgh County residents added to Tuesday's statewide death increase.
Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke had previously encouraged River City residents to participate in 'low risk' Halloween events, as defined by the CDC, to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus over the holiday.
With Mayor Winnecke's extension of his COVID-19 Executive Order until at least Nov. 2 and the guidance released by the Vanderburgh and Warrick County Health Departments, local leaders hope to make this Halloween as safe as possible.