To Trick-Or-Treat? Or Not to Trick-or-Treat? 2020 Local Guidelines

Two jack-o-lanterns wearing masks hold 2 blue balloons with faces on them. 2020: Time To Get Creative. HAve a Spooky bu Safe Halloween! Guidelines from local authorities on holiday celebrations.

Words and Image by BA Ciccolella.

This year, the CDC has labeled traditional Trick-or-Treating as a high-risk activity. As we all prepare for Halloween this weekend, we should keep in mind different ways that we can keep our community safe, and contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Halloween begins the start of a long season of holidays that are going to look just a little different this year. However, if we all work as a community to safely celebrate the holidays in a slightly different manner this year, we will have more of a chance of being “back to normal” when they come around in 2021!

Luckily for us, our localities have put together specialized guidelines for Halloween activities, including Trick-or-Treating this year. You can find each of their press releases/ posts below.

Halloween 2020 Rules and Guidelines by City:
Norfolk
Virginia Beach
Portsmouth
Chesapeake
Suffolk
Newport News
Hampton
Williamsburg

Check out the CDC’s recommendations for various risk-level activities so that you can be smart about your weekend plans. If you should decide that trick-or-treating in some form is a risk your family is willing to take, please make sure that beyond your COVID safety precautions, you are also taking the usual safety precautions. You can take a look at these General Trick-Or-Treat Safety Tips from the City of Norfolk’s Police Department, for example.

Regardless of the risk level you choose this weekend, remember to wear your mask (NOT a costume mask, I promise, the one you wear when you go to the store goes with your costume this year) and maintain your social distance. Our community is at its strongest when we work together! 

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