SUMMIT, NJ - New Jersey continues to respond to increasing cases of COVID-19, and the Summit Police Department is passing along guidance from the New Jersey State Department of Health for a safe a Halloween this year, recommendations which suggest several ways to adapt traditional celebrations.
Children who will be trick-or-treating should:
- Wear a mask (not a costume mask) that covers your mouth and nose when trick-or-treating and giving candy;
- Limit your group to current household members;
- Maintain a distance of six feet from others not in your household;
- Use hand sanitizer frequently;
- Limit the number of homes on your route.
- Do not go inside homes.
- Do not ring doorbells or knock on doors;
- Only accept candy that is in factory sealed packaging;
- Wipe down wrapped candy before opening;
- Always be careful crossing the street and
- Wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight.
- Turn off your porch lights if you do not want trick-or-treaters;
- Stay outdoors when giving out treats;
- Wear a mask, wash your hands and use hand sanitizer before and after passing out candy; Disposable gloves provide another option;
- Limit close contact with trick-or-treaters; and
- Arrange treats so that children may grab and go without accessing a shared bowl.
As a reminder, no one should participate in Halloween activities if they or a household member have a known exposure to COVID-19, are sick or symptomatic, or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and has not yet met the criteria for discontinuing isolation.