This year, keeping yourself and loved ones safe during Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos celebrations is important, so focusing on decorations, limiting activities to the people you live with, and virtual costume parties or contests will help keep our communities safe this season, especially our children.
Tips This Season:
- Trick-or-Treating is a high-risk activity to avoid.
- Parties are high-risk activities that increases contact with people outside of your household.
- Stay home if you feel sick or have come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
- Wear a face covering whenever you leave home.
- Keep your distance from others (even relatives) who don’t live in your household.
- Being outside is safer than being inside, especially in combination with face covering and keeping your distance.
- Consider using a themed cloth mask, as a costume mask is not a substitute.
- Avoid wearing a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe.
Local Health officials highly recommend community members participate in lower risk activities to celebrate Halloween and Día de Los Muertos this year. To learn more about which activities are lower-risk than others, please visit here.
Alameda County residents are reminded that local and State Health Officer Orders are still in effect. Halloween gatherings, Día de Los Muertos celebrations, events or parties with non-household members are not permitted unless they are conducted in compliance with local and State Health Orders (Alameda County residents please refer to the Social Bubble, a stable group of not more than 12 individuals).
To further protect yourself and your loved ones, be sure to monitor yourself during the 14 days after these holidays and pay particular attention from days 3 - 7 after the holidays when you are most likely to develop symptoms. If you don’t feel well or you learn someone you had close contact with tested positive, get tested immediately and stay home until your appointment and while you wait for your results. To learn more about symptoms and testing, visit www.covid-19.acgov.org/testing.page.