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Altus, OK— October 16, 2020 — Questions have been posed to the City of Altus regarding potential restrictions in place for Halloween festivities while our community continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. The City is releasing this guidance in response to these inquiries and in order to serve the public health. Altus recommends adhering to Halloween guidance issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
The following link contains the CDC’s guidance addressing various Halloween activities and the potential risk of those activities:
The City of Altus cautions families and individuals that the CDC views in-person trick-or-treating as a higher risk activity and recommends that parents choose other options to keep their children safer during their holiday celebrations. According to the CDC’s guidance:
"There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween. If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters."
For those who chose to participate in trick-or-treating anyway, we recommend that you visit the CDC’s guidance for how to do so more safely. That guidance can be found at the following link:
For Altus residents who chose to participate, Halloween trick-or-treating in the City of Altus will be limited from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Please DO NOT trick-or-treat or hand out candy if you or anyone you have had close contact to feels sick or is confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19.
The City has created a guide listing safer trick-or-treating practices to go along with this press release. Residents can follow that guide to better protect themselves and their loved ones. Among suggestions, the City recommends that anyone handing out candy set up a table outdoors and that all people who choose to participate in trick-or-treating wear masks and maintain proper social distancing. Costume masks should not be worn in place of COVID-19 masks and the two masks should never be combined.
The City has also created signage that residents can use to inform others that they will not be participating in the trick-or-treating this year. You can print your sign from home or pick up your sign at Altus City Hall. A link to the sign can be found here.