After guidance from the Delaware Division of Public Health, these are the recommended guidelines for Halloween activities within the Town Limits of Dagsboro only:
a. Social Distancing: provide treats without direct contact. For example, you could place individual treat portions on your porch and interact with treaters from at least 6 feet away with everyone wearing a face covering or through a window. Make sure to sanitize your hands between treat handling.
b: Mask Wearing: wear cloth face coverings at all times. (Hint: Most Halloween masks are NOT protective enough to be considered face coverings.)
c. Avoid Large Groups: groups that will be trick-or-treating should limit themselves to no more than TEN people (parents and children) to avoid large groups of people together in one location any any one time.
d. Sanitize: please sanitize trick-or treaters hands after every time they reach into a candy bowl for a treat! For those putting out handy, consider handing out one individual treat or placing treats in individual bags to avoid contact.
— If you wish to have trick-or-treaters come to your home for treats, please TURN YOUR OUTSIDE LIGHTS ON between 6:00pm and 8:00pm. If you do NOT wish for them please turn all outside lights OFF during that time frame.
— Activities that can be done at home with members of your household will pose LOW-RISK than traditional trick-or-treating. They include: pumpkin carving and decorating your home; hosting a virtual costume contest, Halloween get-together or drive-by decoration viewing with friends and neighbors; a Halloween movie marathon; scavenger hunt (think Easter Egg hunt) in and around your home rather than going house to house; host open-air, socially distant gatherings
— Another LOW-RISK activity is to find a farm where you can pick-your-own pumpkins or apples (be sure to frequently sanitize, wear a face covering, and maintain 6-feet social distancing from individuals who don’t reside in your own household.) If you visit a farm, store or stand, make sure it is one that is requiring everyone kindergarten age and up to wear face coverings and is taking other steps to keep people socially distanced and safe;
— Another LOW-RISK activity is to attend “trunk-or-treat events” with proper social distancing and face covering requirements in place along with other precautions. Larger events (more than 250 people) must have a DPH-approved plan (plans may be submitted to HSPContact@delaware.gov).
— Residents should avoid HIGH-RISK activities, where face coverings and other requirements are not enforced. Traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating in which treats are handed out to each child, without the modifications mentioned above, should not take place this year and need to be avoided; in addition, all indoor activities with people outside of your household should be avoided, including any indoor parties, like costume parties, and indoor haunted houses unless they have proper precautions in place. Larger attractions (more than 250 people) must have a DPH-approved plan.
Individuals who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and who are currently isolating from others, as well as those individuals who have recently been exposed to a person with COVID-19, should not participate in any in-person Halloween festivities. As the virus is still active in our communities, DPH continues to urge Delaware residents to practice everyday prevention steps: Wear a face covering, physically distance from others, wash your hands, and avoid gathering in large groups.
Brian Baull, Mayor