Trick or Treating will happen on Halloween in Champaign-Urbana after all
Late Friday, the mayors of Champaign and Urbana as well as the Champaign County executive announced that trick or treating hours would be set for 5 to 7 pm on Saturday, October 31.
“This year, when setting these hours, both Champaign Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen and Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin join with Champaign County Executive Darlene Kloeppel in urging all residents to discuss appropriate safety precautions and social distancing measures for both the homes giving out candy and the children trick-or-treating during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” said a joint news release.
The announcement follows the guidance released earlier in the week from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
Here are Halloween trick-or-treating safety precautions recommended by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District:
As an alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating, anyone who would like to distribute treats should leave individually wrapped candy or treats on a table, on their front walkways, sidewalks, or any outdoor space that allows for at least 6 feet of social distance from the door.
- The individually wrapped candy should be spread out so each piece is not touching another.
- Anyone distributing candy or treats should wash their hands properly for at least 20 seconds before placing the candy on the table and when replenishing.
2. All individuals participating in trick-or-treating, including those passing out candy should maintain social distance of least 6 feet and wear proper face coverings.
- A costume mask, such as those worn for Halloween, is not a substitute for a face covering.
- If face coverings are worn under costume masks, please ensure this does not create breathing problems, and if so, discard the costume mask.
3. Only household members should trick-or-treat together.
- They should maintain 6-feet social distance from other trick-or-treaters at all times.
- Mixed household trick-or-treaters are discouraged.
4. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be carried and used frequently.
5. Candy collected during trick-or-treating should not be consumed until after handwashing.
- As always, a parent/guardian should check all candy to make sure it is wrapped and should discard unwrapped candy.
6. Outdoor areas are preferred for trick-or-treating.
- Enclosed indoor areas, like apartment buildings, present greater risk of transmission.
- Open doors and windows as appropriate to promote increased ventilation.