Bay Area health officials urge everyone to limit Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos activities to those you live with and use the time to focus on activities, like decorations or virtual costume parties that keep physical distancing and other safeguards in place.
Trick-or-treating increases contact with people outside of your household who may not be as careful about COVID-19 prevention. Parties mix people who do not live in the same home. These high-risk activities increase chances the virus can pass from one person to another and mirror the kind of gathering and mixing that Bay Area contact tracers have seen contribute to infection.
COVID-19 does not behave differently because of a holiday. Stay home if you feel sick or have come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19; wear a face covering whenever you leave home; and keep your distance from others (even relatives) who don’t live in your household. Remember that being outside is safer than being inside, especially in combination with face covering and keeping your distance. Consider using a themed cloth mask. A costume mask is not a substitute. Avoid wearing a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe.
Residents are reminded that state and local health orders are still in effect. Halloween gatherings, Día de los Muertos celebrations, events or parties with non-household members are not permitted unless they are conducted in compliance with state and local health orders.
Local health officials urge everyone to participate in low risk activities to celebrate Halloween and Día de Los Muertos this year:
Lower risk - Stay home, keep it small
Moderate risk - If you must
Higher risk - Please avoid
If trick-or-treating is occurring in your neighborhood and you are at home and do not want to be disturbed, you may want to post a sign or turn off your porch light.
Very high risk - Not permitted by state and local orders
To further protect yourself and your loved ones, be sure to monitor yourself during the 14 days after these holidays and pay particular attention from days 3-7 after the holidays when you are most likely to develop symptoms. If you don’t feel well or you learn someone you had close contact with tested positive, get tested immediately and stay home until your appointment and while you wait for your results. Learn more about COVID-19 symptoms and get tested.