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Posted on: October 28, 2020

Oct. 28, 2020 - Health Dept encourages use of the color purple to show support for a safer Halloween

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Although celebrating holidays has looked much different this year, it does not mean that we cannot have a fang-tastic Halloween. The community is encouraged to celebrate safely to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Celebrating safely includes contactless trick-or-treating, wearing a mask and limiting indoor gatherings.

Homeowners can participate in contactless trick-or-treating by leaving individually wrapped candy bags at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard—or making a Halloween candy chute so candy can be slid down to trick-or-treaters while staying physically distant.

To inform trick-or-treaters which households will be participating in contactless trick-or-treating, the Health Department encourages decorating with the color purple—whether that be painting a purple pumpkin, using purple lightbulbs or decorating the front door.

More purple decoration suggestions as well as other ideas for lower risk alternatives to traditional Halloween activities can be found at: health.springfieldmo.gov/holidaytips

The Health Department also urges individuals to practice the ‘three Ws’ while celebrating:

  • Wear a mask
    • A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.
    • Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.
  • Watch your distance
    • Consider trick-or-treating only with those in your household. Stay at least six feet apart from people who aren’t part of your household.
  • Wash your hands (or use hand sanitizer)
    • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with soap for 20 seconds or until hand sanitizer is dry

Additional resources included on the Halloween Tips page are:

  • Educational Halloween-themed coloring pages for kids,
  • Printable signs for businesses and households to display on doors and windows,
  • A fun and educational Halloween video made by kids, for kids on how to celebrate safely and
  • A supply list to make a Halloween candy chute for contactless trick-or-treating.

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Inquiries from the public can be made by contacting the Health Department’s call center at (417) 874-1211 or by email at coronavirus@springfieldmo.gov.        

Please note that the contact number for media inquiries has changed. Media may now contact the Health Department PIO Team by call or text at 417-380-2556 or email at kwall@springfieldmo.gov..


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