Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

COVID SAFE HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES

If you’re looking for safe trick-or-treating sites for your little ones this year, the Clovis Fire Department is hosting drive thru trick- or- treating. Come out to:

  • Station 1 on 320 Mitchell
  • Station 2 on 615 E Llano Estacado
  • Station 5 on 220 East Brady

From 5:00-9:00 pm Saturday. Stations 3,4 & 6 will be closed.

CFD personnel will exercise COVID-19 precautions.

Additionally, the Retirement Ranch is hosting a trick-or-treat at their facilities. Parents and kids will get to walk the path around the building, so residents can see them. Staff members will be passing out a bag of candy at the end of the path. Help out and help put a smile on the resident’s faces. Doors will be open from 6pm-7pm.

For more Halloween activities, the state of New Mexico has compiled a list of 13 family-friendly Halloween activities New Mexicans can safely enjoy at home. Visit TogetherNM.org, to find recipes, arts and crafts ideas, and other suggestions on how to celebrate Halloween safely.

People can also post their creations on the TogetherNM.org site and are encouraged to participate in the costume contests for prizes. The public will be able to vote on the costumes and winners will be announced on Halloween.

“This is a year like no other, as we all know,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “We can’t spend time with friends and our neighbors the way we want to. But a holiday is a time to remember that we are all together in this struggle even when we’re physically apart, and I hope New Mexico families can safely enjoy this Halloween by partaking in some of these safe, fun events.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued recommendations and guidelines for low- and high-risk Halloween activities. Those guidelines can be found here.

Those higher-risk activities that should be avoided in order to reduce the risk of virus transmission include:

  • Participating in traditional trick-or-treating
  • Having trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars
  • Attending crowded costume parties held indoors
  • Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together
  • Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household

Lower-risk activities as outlined by the CDC include:

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household
  • Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
  • Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
  • Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt
  • Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
  • Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with

The state’s emergency health order and all its operative guidelines and restrictions – including the requirement to wear face masks at all times in public and the restriction on gatherings of more than 10 individuals – applies to all prospective Halloween events and activities.

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