Illinois advises residents should 'stay home' on Halloween; Releases guidelines for holiday festivities

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill (KMOX) - There will be no state-wide mandates outlawing trick-or-treating, Halloween costume parties or going on hayrides - but Illinois is asking residents to keep things virtual this year.

The Illinois Department of Public Health issued guidance to help people celebrate safely as we continue to battle the COVID-19. They say anyone who does participate in typical Halloween activities within close contact of other, should take extra precautions for 14 days after the event to help protect others.

Here are some of the guidelines:

Haunted houses:
- Halloween haunted houses currently are not allowed

Trick-or-treating:
- Anyone participating in trick-or-treating, including those passing out candy, should maintain 6-feet of social distance and wear proper face coverings.
- Trick-or-treat in groups with household members only.
- Consider leaving individually wrapped candy (spaced apart) on a table in driveways or in front of walkways, sidewalks, or any outdoor space.
- A Halloween costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask.
- Candy collected during trick-or-treating should not be eaten until after handwashing.

Adult costume parties, social gatherings, Halloween parties at bars:
- Gatherings of more than 50 people or 50% or more of a building’s maximum occupancy are prohibited. (Lower limits may apply for regions in additional mitigation.)

Pumpkin patches and orchards:
- Cloth face coverings and social distancing should be enforced.
- Use hand sanitizer before handling pumpkins, apples, and other produce.

Hayrides:
- Hayrides should not exceed 50% capacity with parties spaced at least six feet apart.
- Wear face coverings at all times when around people not from your household.

All the IDPH Halloween guidelines can be found on the IDPH website.