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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 30: A jack-o-lantern is part of a Halloween display in front of an Upper East Side home on October 30, 2020 in New York City. Many Halloween events have been canceled or adjusted with additional safety measures due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

If you’re planning to take the kids out trick-or-treating this Halloween, there are a few tips you want to keep in mind to keep them safe.

COVID is still in our community, so Mecklenburg County Public Health is encouraging people to continue practicing the three W’s — WEAR a Mask, WAIT 6 ft apart, and WASH your hands. They offer these guidelines. Click HERE for flyer.

DO’s For Halloween

  • Get vaccinated or the booster shot BEFORE Halloween
  • Celebrate with family or friends at home or virtually, but use these precautions:
    • stay indoors
    • limit people to a small group
    • social  distance
    • avoid crowds
    • wear a mask (does NOT include a costume mask)
  • Get a COVID test if you’ve been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19

DONT’S For Halloween

  • Don’t delay getting vaccinated if you’re eligible
  • Don’t host or attend indoor or outdoor events where COVID-19 safety precautions can’t be followed

Deputy Health Director Dr. Raynard Washington says, “If you’re going to participate in Halloween activities or fall festivals, these are safest outdoors. Wear a mask when indoors and avoid crowded settings where social distancing is not possible. Most importantly, ensure you and your family members are vaccinated, and stay home and get tested if you have COVID-19 like symptoms.”

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine and booster availability go to www.MeckNC.gov/COVID-19 or call the Public Health COVID-19 hotline at 980-314-9400.