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Springfield-Greene County Health Department Offers Tips For A Safe Halloween

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Parents are likely wondering:  How can I give my children a safe Halloween this year in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic? 

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has issued guidelines to help organizations, neighborhoods and families navigate the challenges of celebrating the holiday this year.

Some tips from the health department:  Avoid indoor gatherings and crowded outdoor gatherings; don’t substitute cloth masks from Halloween masks unless they’re made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose.  Health officials suggest using a Halloween-themed cloth mask; and stay home if you’re sick.  And they suggest setting aside candy collected by trick-or-treaters for 72 hours in case the packaging is contaminated with the coronavirus.

The health department encourages organizers of haunted houses to move them outside if possible.

You can view the guidelines at health.springfieldmo.gov/holidaytips.