FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Halloween will look different this year in Kentucky after the state released its guidance for the holiday with measures intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Activities to avoid center on events that put large groups close together: Costume parties, haunted housing, trunk-or-treat events, hayrides and tractor rides and traveling to fall festivals in neighboring towns.
Traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating is also advised against, but the guidance provides for safe trick-or-treating as long as it is permitted in your community:
- Place individually wrapped candy on the porch, driveway or table;
- maintain social distance of at least six fee from anyone not in your household;
- always wear a face covering, and Halloween masks do not count;
- clean hands before and after touching the wrapped candy;
- trick-or-treat in family groups and don’t congregate in large groups;
- trick-or-treat in your own neighborhood and do not travel to other neighborhoods;
- use hand sanitizer often.
Moderate-risk activities include an outdoor parade, visiting a pumpkin patch or orchard or having an outdoor Halloween movie night with local family and friends. Social distancing, mask use and good hygiene should be practiced in all cases.
Gov. Andy Beshear and Health Commissioner Steven Stack, MD, said the guidance prioritizes kids over adults, as it permits safe trick-or-treating but advises against large adult parties and haunted houses.
“Let’s keep Halloween for the kids. Let’s all come together and make sure the kids can have a good, safe experience and have fun. This is not the year to have all the adult Halloween parties. Adult Halloween gatherings are not the same things as the kids',” Stack said.
“This can still be enjoyable,” Beshear added. “Our kids will still remember it and love it. Let’s make sure we make it safe for them."
Asked if the guidance ensures a safe experience, Beshear reminded that the CDC says not to do trick-or-treating at all. The governor also advised “nothing is perfectly safe right now,” but said he believes activities that adhere to the guidance can substantially reduce the risk of transmission.
Confirmed cases in Kentucky continue to be high, with 910 reported Thursday after two consecutive days of more than 1,000 cases reported Tuesday and Wednesday.
Seventeen COVID-19-related deaths were reported Thursday as well.
Find Kentucky’s K-12 school case dashboard here.
Kentucky’s positivity rate stands at 4.11 percent.