Parishes release guidance about upcoming Halloween activities amid COVID
BATON ROUGE – Ahead of Halloween, the East Baton Rouge mayor’s office issued a stern warning about close gatherings where COVID may spread easily.
“I encourage our residents to use good judgement,” Mayor Sharon Weston Broome said in a statement Wednesday.
Trick-or-treat hours in the city limits of Baton Rouge and unincorporated areas of East Baton Rouge are set for 6 – 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 31.
“East Baton Rouge Parish is on the right path to slowing the spread of the coronavirus, and we must work together to ensure we continue on this path,” the mayor said. She also asked people to keep social distancing in mind when coming together for other upcoming celebrations and holidays in November and December, too.
The CDC has also warned it considers traditional trick-or-treating or costume parties to be high-risk activities during the pandemic. Click HERE for more from the CDC.
The mayor’s office said it recommended participating in modified, open-air events, where everyone can keep their distance and wear face coverings.
Louisiana will remain in its Phase 3 of reopening through Halloween.
At its October 15 meeting, the Ascension Parish Council set Trick-or-Treat hours from 6 pm to 8 pm on Halloween, Saturday October 31, in the unincorporated areas of the Parish.
Officials say children who plan on Trick-or-Treating should be chaperoned by an adult.
They're also urging participants to observe safety precautions, such as wearing brightly colored costumes, using flashlights, and avoiding walking on main or heavily-traveled highways.
Locals are encouraged to review suggestions from the CDC prior to engaging in Trick or Treating.
Livingston Parish previously said it was not making any changes to trick-or-treating amid COVID. But, the parish advised people to take precautions: Earlier, reporting residents should be "vigilant and responsible."
In Livingston Parish, trick-or-treating hours will be Saturday, Oct. 30 from 6 - 8 p.m. Click HERE for more.
St. James Parish
St. James Parish hours of trick-or-treating on Sunday, October 31 are from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Area officials issued a Thursday morning reminder, via email, regarding guidance from the CDC and Louisiana Department of Health on Trick or Treating.
The reminder included the following measures:
-Children and parents wear cloth face masks appropriate for COVID-19 (Costume masks are not approved protection.)
-Practice hand hygiene and bring hand sanitizer to use between houses
-Do not participate if you or your child feels sick, has symptoms of COVID-19 or if you or a family member are under isolation or quarantine restrictions
-Maintain social distance of at least six feet from other groups
-Put candy or treats in individual bags and lay them out for children, instead of putting them in a large bowl, for visitors to grab themselves
-Turn off house lights if you are not comfortable participating this year
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