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Stay safe and reduce spread of coronavirus this Halloween

PUBLISHED: 15:01 29 October 2020 | UPDATED: 15:01 29 October 2020

People have been encouraged to stay safe while trick or treating this Halloween. Picture: Yui Mok/PA

People have been encouraged to stay safe while trick or treating this Halloween. Picture: Yui Mok/PA

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Newham Council has urged people to stay safe and socially distanced while enjoying spooky fun this Halloween.

While many families enjoy visiting neighbours for a spot of trick or treating, there is a risk that doing so could increase the transmission of the coronavirus.

People knocking on the same doors or delving into bowls of treats could result in a spread of the virus, while others may be reluctant to open their doors as they attempt to reduce contact with strangers.

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So those who do go out are advised to only knock on the doors of people they know - perhaps those within a school bubble - and ensure they do not walk around in groups of more than six. Tier 2 restrictions also mean that going inside someone else’s home is not allowed.

For those who will be greeting young visitors, handing out individual treats rather than allowing children to put their hands in a bg or bowl is recommended.

There are also other ways to have fun on October 31 without going trick or treating.

The council’s suggestions include organising a competition with friends or family to see who has the best decorated home or costume - with pictures shared via social media - or watching a spooky film.


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