From Cornwall Council:
Like a sinister spirit, COVID-19 is looking for easy ways to invade households and pass from person to person this Halloween.
House parties and trick-or-treating provide the perfect opportunity for the virus to spread throughout our communities.
Cornwall Council’s Public Health team is urging people to stay safe and remember how easily coronavirus can pass from one person to the next.
Rachel Wigglesworth, Director of Public Health for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: “People might well ask why they shouldn’t go trick-or-treating if they stick to social distancing rules but we have to remember how COVID-19 loves to linger on surfaces – including sticky fingers. All those hands dipping into dozens of sweets jars across multiple streets would present the perfect chance for the virus to be passed on.
“Similarly, many people may be planning a house party, but this could also present the virus with an easy opportunity to infect multiple households, even if the ‘rule of six’ is followed.
“Our advice is to have fun this Halloween and check out some of the alternative activities we have come up with. Don’t let COVID-19 become a nightmare on your street!”
Residents are being advised not to go trick-or-treating while traditional parties and gatherings are banned both indoors and outside under the ‘rule of six’.
Cllr Sally Hawken, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children, Wellbeing and Public Health, said: “The last thing we want to do is ruin people’s fun this Halloween but we do ask that people stick to the rules and do their part to help stop the spread of the virus. The easiest way to do this is to stay at home and have a spooktacular time with members of your own household.
“Cornwall Council always puts the health of its residents and visitors first and we urge everyone to stay safe as we all work towards ending our real-life COVID-19 horror story as soon as possible.”
Here are some activities you can do without venturing out and putting communities at risk:
- Create a haunted house or scavenger hunt in your home or garden for members of your household instead of going house-to-house.
- Have a scary movie night or Halloween-themed activities, such as pumpkin carving and face painting, at home.
- Hold an online party, horror quiz or fancy-dress contest.
- Hold an apple-bobbing contest in your back garden for your household.
- Go on a spooky walk around your neighbourhood by torchlight, remembering social distancing and the rule of six.
- Try cooking up spooky treats in the kitchen such as mummy sausages, chocolate witches’ hats and spooky fingers. See the full recipes in our halloween guide.
- See who can create the scariest window in your street and arrange a prize for the winners.
- Write your own horror stories and read them out loud in your spookiest voice. Turn off the lights and use a torch to set the scene!