COVID-19 Safe Halloween top tips
23 October 2020
Halloween can be a really fun time, but with Covid-19 on the rise, it’s important to ensure we all stay safe and don’t spread the virus whilst celebrating. Following the below tips will help keep your family safe:
- Maintain social distancing (2 metres distance) with people outside your household at all times, and don’t meet up with more than six people outside.
- Gatherings of more than one household indoors are not currently allowed in London, so you can’t host a Halloween party or any other gathering at your home, or go to anyone else’s home.
- Trick or treating is not recommended this year. However, if your family chooses to, here are some tips to keep safe:
- Try to stick to going out with just your own household, and definitely not in groups larger than six.
- Maintain social distancing at all times, including at front doors.
- Wear an appropriate face covering at all times.
- Use hand sanitiser after touching any surfaces such as gates and door handles.
- Avoid knocking on doors of homes of people you don’t know. There may be vulnerable people living there who want to avoid all contact with people outside of their bubbles at this time.
- Offering sweets or other gifts to children who knock on your door, or even leaving a bucket of sweets in the garden, is not recommended.
- Even if you have decorated for Halloween, you can put up a poster to tell people not to trick or treat at your house.
- Don’t leave your house if you or your family have any of the Covid symptoms or are self-isolating. People with symptoms should self-isolate immediately and book a test.
- Remember there are plenty of other ways to enjoy Halloween safely this year including:
- Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
- Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
- Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance.
- Having a virtual Halloween costume contest – this could be done with school friends or relatives
- Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
- Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house.
Fire Safety – Halloween Top Tips
This Halloween, switch to flameless, battery-powered candles. They’re much safer and reduce the risk of you setting fire to decorations or costumes.
The London Fire Brigade is calling for people to report fly tipping, abandoned vehicles and derelict buildings to help prevent deliberate fires on Halloween this year. Please take the following actions:
- Report fly tipping
- Secure vacant buildings
- Don’t keep rubbish out
- Report vacant buildings
Further fire safety advice can be find below: