This Halloween make safety your priority

Published Friday, 30 October 2020

With COVID-19 still very much with us this Halloween 2020, Bromley Council is urging everyone to enjoy the spooky fun in a safe and caring way.

With the council’s current alert level at high, the same as around the capital, the priority is to keep everyone safe in the community this year.

Bromley’s residents are allowed to trick or treat providing they follow the rule of six and practice social distancing.

However, people should not be leaving their home for any Halloween activity if they have the virus or anyone in their household has symptoms of COVID-19.

Councillor Kate Lymer, Lead Member for Public Protection and Enforcement, said:

“We are encouraging everyone to follow the guidance and make safety a priority this Halloween. There are still lots of ways to have fun, stay safe and have an exciting day. While trick or treating is not banned as such, it is being discouraged in the capital. We are also asking children and families to think again this year, and to be aware of the risks for transmitting the virus.”

If you are going to dress up this Halloween and go out, here are some key points to remember:

  • If you go trick or treating, make sure that face coverings are worn
  • Groups should be no larger than six people
  • Any groups of six meeting indoors must be in the same bubble
  • If you plan to trick or treat with someone from outside of your bubble, you must follow the social distancing guidance
  • If you answer a knock on your door on Halloween, you must also remember the rules on social distancing
  • Anyone taking part must also remember to wash their hands regularly, including in between house visits and when they return home
  • Avoid homes where there are people shielding
  • Avoid homes where there are vulnerable people
  • Don’t go inside the homes of others
  • If you are at risk of severe illness from COVID-19, remain within your household
  • Avoid communal buckets of sweets and hand out individual bags of sweets instead