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With Halloween taking place this weekend, the Burlington County Health Department is encouraging residents to take precautions and avoid unsafe activities that can contribute to the spread of COVID-19.
Health officials warn that traditional Halloween activities can increase the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 or flu. Residents who participate in trick-or-treating or other Halloween activities with people outside their household should make sure to wear a mask and maintain a social distance as much as possible.
Cloth masks can be part of costumes, but a costume mask should not be considered as substitute for a cloth mask. Also, residents should avoid wearing a costume mask over a cloth mask because it can make breathing more difficult.
Residents should remember to keep a safe distance from others who do not live with you; wash their hands frequently and wear a mask. To make things safer for trick-or-treaters, avoid direct contact and give individually bagged treats away outdoors if possible.
“Although stores have reopened and many activities have resumed, we have to remember that COVID-19 continues to circulate widely within our community. It’s important that we continue to wear masks, stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you both indoors and outdoors, and wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently”, said Burlington County Health Department Director, Dr. Herb Conaway.
In addition to wearing masks, it’s important that people also properly dispose of them. Stores and public buildings are still reporting masks are being discarded in their parking lots. Please respect our shared environment and toss used masks in a trash can.
Remember that masks are required to enter all retail establishments, county government offices and county libraries. Those without masks may be turned away. Although business owners and administrators may provide masks for residents who do not have one, it can reduce the number of masks that businesses have available for their employees.
For general information about COVID-19, please go to our website at http://co.burlington.nj.us/health and our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BurlingtonCountyHealthDepartment.