Greene County Public Health Releases Tips for Staying Safe During COVID-19 – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio
As Halloween approaches, Greene County public health officials are offering tips on staying safe while making candy or spells this year.
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Amid the spread of the delta variant, GCPH reminds people that trick-or-treat traditionally means large groups of children and the potential for crowded times.
GCPH officials have issued the following recommendations for staying safe this year:
- Stay outside. Neighbors should wear masks and stay in front of their front door or at the end of their driveway or yard. Instead of having children reach for a common bowl of candy, consider handing out individual bags to each child and setting up a one-way route to avoid the crowds.
- Wear a mask (not just the costume type). Even outdoors, this is recommended for unvaccinated children. Keep in mind that most costume masks on their own are not effective at stopping the spread of germs. So make sure your unvaccinated child wears at least a two-ply face mask and check that they can breathe comfortably if they are also using a costume mask. Better Way: A Halloween-themed two-ply face mask.
- Limit the size of the group. Keep the group of candies or treats from your child to siblings or one or two close friends.
- Limit the homes you visit. To limit unnecessary exposure to others, just visit a few houses on your street or visit a few friends you know well.
- Social distance. Leave plenty of space between all the other treats or treats.
- Take care when preparing gift bags. If you are preparing gift bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after preparing the bags.
- Practice good hand hygiene. Remember, children use hand sanitizer between homes to further reduce the risk.
- If anyone in your family is feeling sick or thinks they’ve been exposed to coronavirus, stay home
For more information you can visit Greene County Public Health’s website.
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