What are the rules of Halloween this year? How where you live determines whether you can go trick or treating tomorrow
- People living in Wales are banned from seeing others under ‘firebreak’ lockdown
- But those living in England can follow the rule of six for Halloween celebrations
- The Scottish Government has explicitly advised against people trick or treating
Halloween rules depend on where you live and what restrictions your local area is under.
The Scottish Government has explicitly advised against trick or treating as it ‘brings an additional and avoidable risk of spreading the virus’.
‘Going door to door, passing sweets, touching items others have touched – all of that gives Covid the opportunity to spread,’ said First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Bobbing for apples, trick or treating, and sweet-sharing have all been strongly discouraged by Northern Ireland’s public health agency because ‘these are not safe practices this year, as they increase the risk of infection.’
Halloween rules depend on where you live and what restrictions your local area is under. A decorated house is seen above in St John’s Wood, London
And in Wales, October 31 falls during a 17-day national ‘firebreak’ lockdown, meaning meeting people from other households, either indoors or outdoors, is outlawed.
Public Health England (PHE) has encouraged people to ‘follow the rules in your local area to stay safe whilst having fun’.
‘However you choose to celebrate Halloween this year, please remember to wash your hands, cover your face and make space’, said medical director Yvonne Doyle.
In Tier 1 medium alert areas, this seems to leave open the possibility of some door-to-door Halloween activities, as people can meet indoors and outdoors in groups of up to six.
In Tier 2 high alert level areas, you can meet people outdoors in groups of up to six – but households should not mix indoors, while in Tier 3 household mixing is effectively banned in most cases.
In the US, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has made a guide advising on making Halloween activities as safe as possible.
It advises bringing hand sanitiser with you if going out, using it before eating any treats, and avoiding direct contact with trick or treaters.
This includes wearing a mask, handing out sweets outdoors if possible, setting up a table with individually bagged treats, and washing your hands before preparing it all.
It said safer activities include a spooky family movie night, pumpkin carving within your own households, and a Halloween-themed outdoor scavenger hunt.
In Tier 1 medium alert areas people can meet indoors and outdoors in groups of up to six. A scarecrow is seen with a pumpkin head and a face mask during Halloween in Italy