Halloween 2020: Celebrating Halloween During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Halloween is fast approaching and as we are more than three-quarters into a year that has been different all the way around, it probably comes as no surprise that celebrations will likely be different this year. With the COVID-19 pandemic appearing to be far from over, ghouls and goblins aren’t the only frightening scenario we are facing this year. As the dedicated legal team at The Pendas Law Firm, we understand that safety is always at the forefront during the Halloween season and we know that this year, the need for an increased spotlight on safety is even higher than usual. And while some families will undoubtedly choose to avoid traditional Halloween celebrations, many others will venture out to find alternative options. Regardless of what your family is planning, you should keep in mind the safety precautions that can be implemented.
Special Halloween Considerations
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many of the activities that are commonly associated with Halloween can unfortunately provide a high-risk environment for contracting and spreading viruses. From attending parties to haunted houses to trick-or-treat, the reality is that these beloved activities traditionally involve a large number of people coming together in close quarters. These activities have been deemed to be less safe in a world where it seems that indoor gatherings are generally riskier than outdoor gatherings when it comes to spreading COVID-19. Add to this the fact that children are already twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than at other times of the year and it becomes clear that a holiday that is beloved by many also has the potential to be dangerous.
Celebrating With Caution in Mind
With all the things that have frustratingly been shut down this year, the good news is that there is no need for Halloween to be canceled. Instead, parents and caregivers can choose to implement safer alternative ways to participate. Tips include:
- Ensure you and your children wear a properly-fitting face covering over your mouth and nose when out in public or when you are otherwise around people you don’t live with
- Use hand sanitizer frequently when bathrooms aren’t available and when you get to a sink, wash your hands thoroughly
- Avoid visiting any venue where you would have to be inside with people who are outside of your household
- If you are sick, suspect that one of your children is or if you otherwise suspect you have been exposed to someone who is, stay at home
- Don’t forget about the Halloween safety tips that would apply in any other year – when walking at night ensure your clothes have visible reflective tape to help drivers see you and keep a close eye on little ones
Personal Injury Cases Don’t Have to be Scary
Whether you find yourself injured during the Halloween season or at some other time of the year, it is often best to meet with a knowledgeable lawyer as early as possible to determine what your next steps should be. Obtaining the help of a skilled and professional legal team such as the Fort Myers personal injury attorneys of The Pendas Law Firm can make everything seem less scary. You can depend on us to inform you of the full extent of your legal rights. We will also help you undertake the necessary actions that can increase the chances of obtaining the compensation you need to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Reach out to us today to begin.
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