FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE 10.29.20
CONTACT: KARI WEBBER
OKAFP & OKAAP EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
OKLAHOMA PHYSICIANS ENCOURAGE SAFETY FIRST FOR HALLOWEEN DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
How can you keep your family safe from an illness during the 2020 Halloween festivities? Oklahoma Physicians have guidance and suggestions to reduce the chance your merriment turns scary.
- Everyone age two years and up should wear a face covering, keep six feet distance where possible, and frequently wash hands or use hand sanitizer. Remember, costume masks are NOT a substitute for a snugly-fitting cloth covering of the nose and mouth.
- Limit large gatherings. Celebrate with your family. For instance, you can use video chat to show-off costumes. Create new traditions such as a spooky movie night, pumpkin decorating, or creating Halloween treats.
- Plan to attend fun outdoor community events such as at a park, arboretum, or zoo. Try to stay away from crowds of people and follow distancing rules even when outdoors. Indoor events such as haunted houses may not be safe; however, outdoor events such as a corn maze or haunted forest are much safer.
- Get your flu shot NOW!
Additional guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (www.healthychildren.org):
- Consider pre-packaging baggies of treats to hand out or leave at your doorstep to minimize contact.
- Station yourself at the end of the driveway or sidewalk to encourage social distancing.
- Anticipate doorbell ringers to reduce the “trick or treat!’ exclamation.
- Parents consider restricting the number of homes you visit.
- Encourage masks for door-answerers as well as doorbell ringers.
- Please don’t go out if you or your child is sick.
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