Safer @ Halloween/Dia de los Muertos

An altar at the 2017 Día de Los Muertos celebration at Santa Clara Cemetery in Oxnard. (File photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

To protect yourself and your community, you should not go trick-or-treating or mix with others. Door to door trick-or-treating is not recommended because it can be very difficult to maintain proper distancing on porches and at front doors, ensure that everyone answering or coming to the door is appropriately masked to prevent disease spread, and because sharing food is risky. “Trunk-or-treating” where children go from car to car instead of door to door to receive treats is also not recommended since it is difficult to avoid crowding.

Remember that the Health Officer Order currently prohibits large gatherings and events. Halloween gatherings, events or parties with more than two other households are not permitted even if they are conducted outdoors. Carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, and haunted house attractions are not allowed.

The safest way to celebrate Halloween is to spend time with people in the same household or to celebrate virtually. Here are some low risk alternatives:

Online parties/contests (e.g., costume or pumpkin carving)
Car parades that comply with public health guidance for vehicle based parades
Halloween meals at outdoor restaurants (must comply with restaurant protocol)
Halloween themed art installations at an outdoor museum (must follow museum protocol)
Dressing up homes and yards with Halloween themed decorations
Find hauntingly fun things to do at the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department’s Virtual Recreation Center!
Jack-o-lantern wearing mask
The safest way to celebrate Día de los Muertos is to spend time with people in the same household or to celebrate virtually. Here are some alternatives that are low risk:

Altars: Consider placing and creating your altar in a front window or outside so others can view from a safe social distance.
Virtual Altar: Create a virtual space to honor lost loved ones. Share with family and friends via email or social media.
Cemetery Visits: If you visit the cemetery, only visit with those you live with, wear a face covering and maintain appropriate social distancing. Limit time spent to minimum necessary.
Remember personal protection measures
Regardless of how you choose to celebrate Halloween, it is important to keep the following in mind:

Correctly wear a cloth face covering to prevent disease spread when outside your home and around others that are not part of your household.
Avoid confined spaces – Actively stay away from indoor spaces that don’t allow for easy distancing of at least 6 feet between you and others.
Avoid close contact – Stay at least 6 feet away (3 or more adult steps) from all other people who are not part of your own household, especially while talking, eating, drinking, and singing.
Wash or sanitize your hands often.
Clean frequently touched items regularly.
If you are sick, or you have been in contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19 stay home, and away from others.

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