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Posted on: October 5, 2020

2020 Trick-or-Treating COVID Guidelines

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The CDC has determined that traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating is a higher-risk activity, and recommend that individuals and families avoid higher-risk activities as much as possible.

Should your family choose to trick-or-treat, please observe the City of Chicago Heights hours for trick-or-treating released by the Chicago Heights Police Department: 

Chicago Heights Trick-or-Treat hours are Saturday, October 31, 2020, between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM. 

Individuals and families may not feel comfortable participating in trick-or-treating this year. Please respect your neighbors' decision if they choose not to participate in door-to-door trick-or-treating. 

The City of Chicago Heights is not encouraging trick-or-treating due to the pandemic, but the following guidelines will help provide a safer experience for families and individuals that choose to participate:

  • Do not participate in trick-or-treating if you feel unwell or if someone in your house is unwell, if you are awaiting COVID-19 test results, if you have recently returned from travel to a hotspot state, or if you know that you have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Turn on your porch lamp or outdoor lights to show that your home is welcoming trick-or-treaters. 
  • Face coverings should be worn by all participants over the age of two, including individuals passing out treats. 
  • Avoid close contact with others by leaving candy on your porch – or even physically-distanced on your lawn.  
  • If you prefer to answer the door, wear proper face coverings. 
  • Individuals should use hand sanitizer regularly throughout the trick-or-treat hours.
  • Trick-or-treat with members of the same household only.
  • Maintain a safe distance from other trick-or-treating groups and do not approach a house until the previous group has left.
  • Candy collected during trick-or-treating should not be eaten until after hand-washing. 
  • Consider distributing treats other than candy, which parents can then sanitize before giving to kids: stickers in cellophane packaging, pencils, mini pumpkins, erasers, etc.

Halloween Face Coverings

Per the CDC, a Halloween costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask or face covering. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more breathable fabric layers that cover the mouth and nose and doesn't leave gaps around the face. 

The CDC does not recommend that individuals wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask, because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, the CDC urges individuals to wear a Halloween-themed cloth mask. 

To read the full copy of the CDC guidelines, please click-on this linkCDC Halloween Trick-or-Treat Guidelines 

To read the full copy of the IDPH guidelines, please click-on this link:  IDPH Halloween Trick-or-Treat Guidelines

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