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Outdoor Trick Or Treat In Sonoma County Safe This Halloween With Precautions | Press releases | County Administrator’s Office


Holy Rose, CaliforniaOctober 14, 2021 Families can confidently enjoy the outdoor treats during Halloween and outdoor Día De los Muertos celebrations this year, as long as they take a few simple precautions to reduce the risk of the spread of COVID. -19, advised Dr Sundari Mase, Sonoma County Public Health Officer. Thusday.

“Together, we must all do all we can to protect ourselves and those around us, including young children who are not yet eligible for vaccination,” Mase said.

Mase has released a series of recommendations to help families navigate safely during the October 31 vacation. They understand:

Gather outside: Indoor activities where people from different households mingle – like haunted houses, indoor mazes, and Halloween parties where kids swap candy after a trick or treat – pose a higher risk to everyone, especially for people not yet vaccinated.

Wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose: People who have been vaccinated can carry COVID-19 without showing symptoms. Everyone, regardless of their immunization status, is required to wear a face mask in indoor public places. Face masks are recommended in private settings where some people are not vaccinated or are otherwise vulnerable, including people with compromised immune systems.

A costume mask is not a substitute for a properly fitted face mask that covers your mouth and nose. Avoid wearing a costume mask over a protective cloth mask, which can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it difficult to breathe.

Stay home if you are sick: Do not attend celebrations or participate in activities if you are feeling sick or have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 and have not yet been fully immunized.

Avoid large groups: Maintain a six-foot distance from people outside your home, such as crowds of children at doorways.

Keep your hands clean: Carry hand sanitizer with you and use it frequently. Remember to wash your hands after you get home, and especially before you eat any treats.

Safely welcome trick-or-treaters: People who greet candy or a spell at the door must wear masks when distributing candy. Instead of inviting kids to get their hands in a common candy bowl, consider handing out individually wrapped treats or placing them on a table. Do not hand out candy if you are sick or have been exposed to the coronavirus.

Vaccination remains the best protection against infection, Mase said.

“The next holiday season is a time to reflect on why it is so important to get the vaccine. People who have been vaccinated can safely reunite with family and friends who have also been vaccinated, knowing that they are all protected against serious illness, hospitalizations and death from COVID-19, ”Mase said.

The three vaccines currently available are safe, effective and widely available for free, Mase noted. First and second dose walk-in visits are accepted at most clinics and pharmacies. Residents can also book an appointment on the county immunization clinic page or on the myturn.ca.gov website. Residents who need help making an appointment are encouraged to call the COVID-19 County hotline at 707-565-4667.

To further protect yourself and your loved ones, watch yourself for symptoms for 14 days after participating in the holiday celebrations. Pay close attention on Days 3-7 as this is when people are most likely to develop symptoms.

If someone you have been in close contact with is positive, get tested, and if you are not fully vaccinated, stay home in quarantine. If you are not feeling well or if you have tested positive, stay home to isolate yourself regardless of your immunization status.

COVID-19 tests are free and confidential. The information is available on socoemergency.org.

Last year, the county’s health services department strongly advised against “trick-or-treating” and banned gatherings for Halloween and Día De los Muertos. Since then, more than two in three residents of Sonoma County have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, reducing the spread of COVID-19, serious illness and death among those fully vaccinated.

As a result of the vaccination campaign, the spread of COVID-19 fell to 8.3 new cases per day per 100,000 people in Sonoma County this month, from 34 cases per day in early August.

However, children under 12 are not yet approved for the vaccine, leaving them unprotected against the airborne virus. This increases the importance of wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing and avoiding indoor gatherings during Halloween, Mase said.

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