Public Health Tips: Fall Holiday Celebrations & Safer Gatherings with Friends
With fall holidays nearing, Public Health officials are offering guidance on how to plan for safer celebrations to minimize the risks of spreading COVID-19.
Gathering in groups—even with people we know—may spread COVID-19. The more people we interact with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the risk of becoming infected. With this in mind, Halloween and other holiday festivities will need to be different during COVID-19, but there are still opportunities for fun and celebration. Traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating may be difficult to do while keeping adequate social distance. However, with proper planning and preparation, families and friends can enjoy holiday activities in some different ways. For example, some alternative options include: wrapping individual goodie bags for a “grab and go” option at the bottom of the driveway. Or, focus on family activities like a craft party or spooky movie night.
Here are additional resources and ideas to consider for your family:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Holiday Celebrations web page offers safe activities for Halloween, Día de los Muertos and Thanksgiving
In Snoqualmie Valley, our local cities are combining efforts to create a safe event for local families. A Quarantine-O-Ween Triple Treat Trek event with locations in North Bend, Snoqualmie Downtown & Ridge, and Fall City, will take place on Saturday, October 31, noon to 6 p.m. Wear costumes and join the Halloween Trek in your community. This is a free, community-crafted trek with pre-packaged goodie bags from local merchants and organizations, and photo ops. Remember to bring your own treat bucket. Trick-or-treaters can start in any city at any locations and safely participate with social distancing. Click here to download a map of participating businesses and locations.
Before you get together with a friend or relative, public health suggests you discuss your options to make sure everyone is clear about expectations and behaviors. Wearing a cloth face covering indoors isn’t about your personal risk tolerance, it’s about keeping everyone safe. Keep your gatherings very small, and limit how often you get together to less than once or twice a week. Find more suggestions in the DOH blog post: It’s Time for the Talk – How to Get Together Safely.