How to have a boo-tiful Hallowe'en and stay safe when trick or treating

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WITH Hallowe’en just around the corner, Hampshire County Council has conjured up some ‘top tips’ for how to stay Covid-safe while out trick or treating.

“Many people are looking forward to enjoying Halloween free from the restrictions of last year," said Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire County Council’s executive lead member for adult services and public health.

"A lot of children missed out on the tradition of trick or treating and so are extra excited about dressing up and knocking on their neighbours’ doors to collect treats.

"However, it is important to remember that coronavirus is still with us and continues to pose a risk to our health.

"Some people are especially vulnerable and will want to limit any unnecessary contact with others.

"By taking a few simple precautions during Hallowe’en this year, you can help make sure everyone feels protected and is able to enjoy the fun.”

HOW TO STAY COVID-SAFE WHEN TRICK OR TREATING:

1) Make a face covering part of your costumes

2) Take a test and wash your hands before you go out

3) If you feel unwell, stay at home

4) Take hand sanitiser with you (use it after visiting each house)

5) Only knock at the doors of homes where there is a pumpkin outside

6) Respect other people’s safety choices

Councillor Fairhurst continued: “Simple things like practising good hygiene and giving people space all help to prevent the virus from spreading.

"So, let’s look after each other this Halloween and make it one to remember for all the right reasons.”

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