For the first time in 27 years, TLC Emergency Medical Services will not hold their annual Halloween Candy Check, in order to help prevent any community spread of COVID-19.
With the recent increase in cases, TLC Cortland Manager Trish Hansen said the decision was made to avoid the gathering of crowds and promote safe social distancing.
Trick-or-Treating is considered a high-risk activity by the CDC, but if you do fill up your bag with “treats” parents should make sure there aren’t any “tricks” inside like metal fragments, pins or other potentially dangerous materials.
Hansen hopes to return the annual candy check next year. “Everyone wants Halloween to be fun and safe and to control the spread of COVID in our community,” she said.
If your children are trick-or-treating this year, the CDC has offered several tips to making trick-or-treating safer this year:
For those handing out candy:
- Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters
- Give out treats outdoors
- Set up a station with individually bagged treats
- Wash hands before handing out treats
- Wear a mask
- Make your mask part of your costume
- A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask
- Do NOT wear a costume mask over a cloth mask – it can make breathing difficult
- Stay at least 6-feet away from others who do not live with your
- Wash your hands before heading out
- Bring hand sanitizer with you and use it after touching objects or other people
- Parents, supervise young children using hand sanitizer
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home and before eating any treats.