City of Racine releases guidance for trick-or-treating

RACINE, Wis. (CBS 58) – The City of Racine is permitting trick-or-treating amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but is warning the public to not assume it is safe to do so.

The city said trick-or-treating can be held on Saturday, October 31 from 5-7 p.m.

Leaders from the city's Public Health Department agree with the recommendation from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services that the best advice is to not participate in trick-or-treating this year.

The health department released the follow guidelines for those who do participate:

  • All adults and children should be masked (spooky or otherwise) indoors and outside
  • Candy should be handed out by one masked individual (children should not reach into bowls), and use hand hygiene between trick-or-treaters
  • Families collecting candy should put their collected candy aside for at least 72 hours as an additional precaution
  • Avoid in-person haunted houses, large public gathers, in-person indoor parties, happy hours or socializing at bars
  • Stay within your own neighborhood/municipality, avoid traveling to others
  • Stay home if you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms
  • Social distance at least 6 feet apart, indoors and outdoors, from non-household members
  • Sanitize your hands frequently – after covering a cough or sneeze, touching your mask, or collecting candy
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