Thursday, October 8, 2020

City Offers Halloween Safety Tips

Due to COVID-19 concerns in the Sallisaw and Sequoyah County areas, the City of Sallisaw, Sallisaw Police Department and the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce have decided to cancel Halloween on Elm Street this year. 

Parents may still take their children trick-or-treating on Saturday, Oct. 31, but they are urged to follow established guidelines published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

To help families celebrate safely, the City of Sallisaw is providing the following guidelines for trick-or-treaters and reminding families of the importance of following public health guidelines to protect their health and the health of others. Guidelines for trick-or-treaters include:

*Wear a cloth mask covering your mouth and nose. A costume mask does not substitute for a cloth mask.

*Always maintain a 6-foot distance from other trick-or-treaters.

*Wash or sanitize hands before and after trick-or-treating.

*Limit the number of houses you visit. A good rule is to only visit family and friends.

*If you or members of your family are sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID, please stay home. If you have underlying health conditions, please stay home.

*Please respect the privacy of those who do not wish to give out treats.

*Make sure your child’s costume is visible to vehicles and others.

*Always inspect your child’s treats before they consume them.

*Keep trick-or-treat activities between the hours of 4 and 8 pm.

Households that want to provide goodie bags, please do so in a designated location for the trick-or-treaters to pick up. Residents are asked not to place candy in communal bowls. Households that don’t want to participate are encouraged to turn off their porch lights or place a sign on their property to discourage unwanted visitors.

If you have COVID-19 or you have been exposed to someone with it, please do not participate in giving out treats.

For more guidance on Halloween and other upcoming holidays, the CDC has published additional information on its website.

For those who participate in Halloween, we hope you have a safe and enjoyable occasion.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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