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For Immediate Release:
October 28, 2020
Contact: 212-417-5801
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CNEW YORK STATE DIVISION OF CONSUMER PROTECTION AND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH URGE NEW YORK FAMILIES TO BE SAFE DURING HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS THIS YEAR

Keeping Everyone Safe is the Goal While Avoiding the Spread of COVID-19

Avoid Large Crowds, Keep Your Distance, Wear a Mask and Wash Your Hands Often

Safety Tips for Adults and Children for an Enjoyable and Safe Halloween Celebration

The New York State’s Division of Consumer Protection and the New York State Department of Health urge caution to parents and children during this year’s Halloween celebrations. Halloween traditions may look different this year due to COVID-19, and keeping everyone safe is the goal so families and children can have fun while avoiding being exposed or spreading the virus.

The most important tip you can follow is to keep doing what you have been doing: Avoid large gatherings, keep your distance of six feet from others, wear a mask or face covering, and wash your hands often.

This year, do not trick-or-treat or leave out candy if you are sick, live with someone who is sick, have been exposed to someone known to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days, are under isolation or quarantine, or have traveled internationally or to a state affected by the NYS Travel Advisory in the last 14 days. "Halloween has a long tradition of being fun for families and children but this year the rules have changed due to COVID-19,"said Secretary of State Rossana Rosado, who oversees the Division of Consumer Protection. "We urge everyone to be mindful and protect our children and each other so the experience of trick-or-treating remains enjoyable while maintaining healthy habits during this pandemic year. Let’s find safe ways to celebrate and create magical memories this Halloween."

"We all want our children and our communities to enjoy the magic of Halloween, but it’s critical to prioritize health and safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic," said New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. "We urge families to remember to wear masks, social distance, practice proper hand hygiene and take steps to make sure the Halloween activities you choose to engage in are as safe as possible."

Creative Ways to Celebrate Safely

This year there are some creative ways to celebrate more safely, according to the NYS Department of Health guidelines found here:

Outside trick-or-treating

Activities

Costumes

Treats

Drivers

Decorations

The New York State Division of Consumer Protection serves to educate, assist and empower the State’s consumers. The Division’s Consumer Helpline, 800-697-1220, is available Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. Consumer complaints can be filed anytime online at the Division website, www.dos.ny.gov/consumerprotection. You can also request a presentation at, www.dos.ny.gov/consumerprotection/informing/request_presentation.htm. Follow the Division on Twitter at @NYSConsumer or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nysconsumer.

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