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Have a Safe Halloween and Dia de los Muertos Celebration

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Recommendations on How to Celebrate Halloween and Día de los Muertos Safely and Prevent Spreading COVID-19 Among Friends and Neighbors

 

Marin County Public Health would like to remind residents that many commonly celebrated Halloween (October 31) and Día de los Muertos (November 1 & 2) activities carry risk for spreading COVID-19. Limiting yourself to small gatherings and taking extra steps to ensure safety-- especially when not everyone is vaccinated—reduces the risk of spreading COVID-19. Together, we can protect ourselves and those around us, including young children who are not yet eligible for vaccination.

As you plan Halloween and Día de los Muertos activities this year, we strongly recommend that everyone takes the following measures to protect against COVID-19:

Get fully vaccinated.

  • Vaccines are our best protection. All three currently available vaccines are safe and effectively reduce risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death due to COVID-19.
  • Because so many celebrating Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos are children who are still not eligible to be vaccinated, it’s even more important for those around them to be fully vaccinated (14 days past final dose of vaccine series).
  • Find a vaccination location near you: https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/vaccinefinder

Stay home if you might have COVID-19.

  • Do not attend celebrations or participate in activities if you feel sick, or if you have come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19 and you are not yet vaccinated.

Wear a face mask.

  • Vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals can carry COVID-19 without showing symptoms. Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, is required to wear a face mask in indoor public settings.
  • Face masks are recommended in private settings where not everyone has been vaccinated or when around people who are vulnerable to more serious outcomes if infected with COVID-19.
  • A costume mask is not a substitute for a well-fitted face mask that covers your mouth and nose.

Gather outdoors.

  • Indoor activities where people from different households mix, like haunted houses, indoor mazes, or Halloween parties are higher risk for everyone—especially for persons not yet vaccinated.
  • Consider using your garage with the garage door open. If indoors, open all the windows.
  • Set out food and drinks in individual servings, rather than “buffet style.”
  • Request that people who attend are vaccinated or have a recent negative COVID-19 test.
  • Keep sinks stocked with soap and paper towels for handwashing.
  • Provide hand sanitizer in multiple locations.
  • Keep gatherings small.  Large gatherings, even if they are outdoors, pose risk for COVID-19.
  • Events with crowds greater than 1,000 indoor attendees or crowds greater than 10,000 outdoor attendees must comply with California’s Mega-Event Guidance.

Take safety precautions when trick-or-treating.

  • If participating in traditional outdoor trick-or-treating, wear a face mask or keep your distance from others to help reduce your risk of getting COVID-19.
  • Take hand sanitizer with you and use it frequently. Remember to wash your hands after coming home, and especially before eating any treats.
  • Avoid passing out treats from inside of your home; give out treats from the porch or driveway.
  • If handing out treats, place a table between the person handing out treats and the trick or treaters to help with distancing

To further protect yourself and your loved ones, be sure to monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days after participating in holiday celebrations and activities. Pay special attention from days 3-7 as this is when people are most likely to develop symptoms.

If someone you had close contact with tests positive, get tested, and if you are not fully vaccinated stay home to quarantine. If you do not feel well or if you test positive, stay home to isolate regardless of your vaccination status.

To learn more about symptoms and testing, visit our Testing webpage. For information on what to do after an exposure or a positive test, visit our Isolation and Quarantine webpages.