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Posted on: September 29, 2020

Holiday's During a Pandemic

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The City of Fairview is proud to be a place where families love to host events and celebrate holidays. With Halloween and Dia de los Muertos coming up, we are reminded of celebrations from past years that have brought an influx of families into our community, and in particular, many kids into the Fairview Village for trick-or-treating. This year, let’s prevent the spread of COVID-19 as we prepare plans to get our kids back into school.  

With the COVID-19 pandemic still in effect, we ask that everyone use precautions and respect the households that opt out of trick-or-treating. The CDC has deemed that traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children that go door-to-door puts the community at a higher risk to contract and spread COVID-19. If you decide to go out, then only go to houses with the porch light turned on.  

Multnomah County remains in Phase 1 of reopening, which means that everyone must continue to limit indoor gatherings to 10 people or less. Public, civic and faith gatherings are limited to 50 people, indoor or outdoor gatherings, with social distancing of 6 feet between people. Please consult the CDC’s guidelines for holidays at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html

Tips to celebrate Halloween safely during a pandemic 

Everyone must

 

  • Wear a cloth or surgical mask (kids 5 and older)
  • Use hand sanitizer and regularly wash hands
  • Social distance (6 feet)
  • Stay home if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have symptoms, or have recently been exposed to it

Lower risk

  • Celebrate at home with people you live with
  • Carving pumpkins with members of household or outside with neighbors or friends
  • Decorating house and yard
  • Scavenger hunt that kids can do with family or small groups of friends
  • Virtual costume contest
  • Movie night with people you live with
  • Hiding Halloween candy around house and yard

Medium risk

  • Trick-or-treat by placing wrapped goodies bags outside for families to grab & go
  • Have a small group, outdoor, open-air costume parade
  • Attend an costume party outdoors
  • An open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest
  • Visit a pumpkin patch or other natural area
  • Host an outdoor movie night with local family and friends

High risk

 

 

 

  • Traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children that go door-to-door
  • Trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars
  • Crowded indoor parties
  • Indoor haunted house where people may crowd together
  • Hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household
  • Traveling from a highly contagious county to a lower contagious county
                                                                                                                                                                                                      *referenced Washington County HHS "Halloween during a pandemic"

 

 

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