Families are reminded that Halloween celebrations will need to be a little different this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
With coronavirus cases in Wolverhampton trebling over the last three weeks and the city subject to Covid-19 High Alert (Tier 2) measures which limit household contact, people are being encouraged to stay safe and, rather than Trick or Treating, start a new Halloween tradition this year.
Coronavirus can live on surfaces for hours, even days, and so families are asked not to ring doorbells or knock on other people’s doors. People are asked not to leave bowls of treats outside their houses either, as different hands in bowls could still spread the virus.
Instead, families are encouraged to decorate their houses in a spooky fashion and create and display pumpkins and Halloween-themed pictures and drawings in their windows which ‘trick or treaters’ can spot from the safety of the pavement.
Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “We want people to enjoy Halloween as much as they can this year. Sadly, traditional trick or treating is simply not going to be possible with the measures currently in place which prevent households from mixing with one another. So instead, why not get your children to dress up and go out as a family pumpkin-spotting in your local neighbourhood, and reward them with a treat when they find what they are looking for? Alternatively, you could stay home and enjoy a spooky party with your family, watch a scary movie with a Halloween feast, hold a virtual party over video calling or bake Halloween treats – there are plenty of ways that you can still enjoy this special day without putting yourself or others at risk of Covid-19.”
Dr Salma Reehana, Chair of the Governing Body, Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We don’t want to stop families enjoying Halloween this year, but we would ask that children do not take part in traditional trick and treating and instead get creative by placing Halloween pictures in their windows or going out and hunting for Halloween displays around their neighbourhood instead. If you do this, please remember to follow social distancing and the rule of six guidelines. By doing this we can all help stop the spread of coronavirus and keep our loved ones safe.”
Latest data shows there were 246.40 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 residents in Wolverhampton over the seven days to 25 October, compared to 191.03 the week before.
Symptoms of Covid-19 include a fever, a new, continuous cough and loss or change to a person’s sense of taste and smell. People with symptoms should immediately self-isolate and book a test by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119. People can now get tests up to eight days after first developing symptoms.
Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will be asked to share information about people that have been close contacts recently.
The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus. For full details of the local Covid-19 High Alert (tier 2) restrictions currently in place, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/covidalert.