Trick-or-Treating 2020

Trick-or-Treating in 2020

The Virginia Department of Health's (VDH) guidance for holiday gatherings is the following:

- Avoid close contact with people who do not live in you home
- Wear a face covering
- Practice social distancing
- Practice good hygiene (wash you hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a alcohol-based hand sanitizer)

Please be aware that The Town of Woodstock does not regulate, schedule or cancel trick-or-treating activities for Halloween. We believe it is the choice of home owners and individual families whether or not to participate. The Woodstock Police Department will conduct their usual crowd and traffic safety measures during the evening hours to keep families safe.

When deciding whether or not to participate in Halloween activities this year, it is important to keep in mind the many changes that COVID-19 has caused. If you and your family decide to participate, please consider the below guidelines.

For Trick-or-Treaters:

- Wear a face covering.
- Do not use a costume mask (such as for Halloween) as a substitute for a cloth mask unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable 
  fabric that covers your mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around your face.
- Do not wear a costume mask over a cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, 
  consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.
- Costume masks that have holes or do not fit snugly to the face, covering both the nose and mouth, will not provide the necessary protection. 
- Wash your hands before and after trick-or-treating and use antibacterial hand sanitizer between each stop. 
- Only go out with those who live in your household. Avoid crowds and maintain six feet of distance between your group and others. Don’t allow 
  children to rush up to houses that may already have a group waiting for candy. Wait your turn to maintain distance.
- If you or anyone in your household is feeling sick or has been around someone else who was sick, do not go trick-or-treating.

For Trick-or-Treating Hosts:

- Wear a face covering.
- Wash your hands often or wear disposable gloves and place the candy directly into each child's bag/bucket. Do not allow children to dig 
  through a large bowl as this will spread germs. 
- Avoid having trick-or-treaters come to your door and instead stand outside yourself or at the edge of your driveway. You can also set up a table 
  that will help you maintain your distance from the trick-or-treaters.
- If you or anyone in your household is feeling sick or has been around someone else who was sick, do not hand out candy.

There is no way to guarantee a COVID-free Halloween so it's important for every family to weigh the risks. If you plan to participate, please follow all health safety guidelines. For a list of other options, including low-moderate-high risk options, view the guidelines released by Valley Health,  Virginia Department of Health and the CDC.