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Posted on: October 2, 2020

Preparing for a COVID-safe Halloween in Plaquemines Parish

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Plaquemines Parish, LA- Plaquemines Parish President Kirk Lepine and Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Jerry Turlich have issued guidance and announced plans for Plaquemines Parish regarding Halloween 2020.

“Across the country, this Halloween will look a little different for many people," explained President Lepine. "Whether this means trick-or-treating to fewer homes, more candy bowl moments at home with family and close friends, or just more time celebrating the season throughout October, we wanted to offer up some support on how you can safely celebrate the holiday. One thing is for sure- Plaquemines Parish will have a safe Halloween.”

The CDC recently published guidance to address trick-or-treating concerns for areas where COVID-19 cases are lower and residents plan to participate, like in Plaquemines Parish. Standard guidance of social distancing, washing hands often, using hand sanitizer, and wearing a mask is still recommended, along with not participating if you are sick. If you plan to host a small gathering, the CDC recommends keeping guests outdoors as much as possible, weather permitting. 

Alternative activities to trick-or-treating include pumpkin carving and decorating, hosting virtual costume contests, creating scavenger hunts for candy with your kids, making fall recipes, and watching scary movies at home. 

Sheriff Jerry Turlich encourages motorists to keep travel to a minimum on Halloween night due to the high number of pedestrians on neighborhood streets. "As always, we will increase visibility and patrols throughout the parish, especially in the areas that experience frequent increases in foot traffic due to trick or treaters," expressed Sheriff Jerry Turlich. "PPSO encourages our residents to remain vigilant while using all necessary precautions to protect your children, family, and friends to ensure a safe and healthy Halloween."

In addition to people taking precautions due to the ongoing pandemic, officials wish to remind parents of the usual Halloween safety tips:

    Be aware of your surroundings by staying off your phone unless making a call, especially while supervising children. 

    Make your child’s costume distinguishable and safe by using glow bracelets/sticks, reflective tape, lights, or other items.

    Inspect all treats collected and discard anything that is not sealed.

    Remind children to walk and don’t run on sidewalks or near the edge of the roadway.

    Remind children to stay in front of residences giving out candy and NEVER enter a residence.

    Have a plan in case you and your child get separated.

Residents are encouraged to prepare their homes for trick-or-treaters. Clear sidewalks and pathways of any obstacles and put away anything children could trip over such as hoses, toys, or yard decorations. Turn on your lights so your property is well-lit and replace any burnt bulbs before Halloween. Secure pets so that they will not attack or frighten anyone.

Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween. Click for more information. 

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