COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – State health officials are reminding South Carolinians to celebrate Halloween in a safe way to avoid contacting COVID-19.
While many traditional events have been cancelled this year, there are other ways to celebrate the spooky holiday while avoiding the scare of being exposed or spreading the virus.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control recommends outdoor, no-contact events that are low-risk for transmitting COVID-19.
Drive-through events, one-directional haunted trails, outdoor pumpkin patches and creative methods for handing out candy can be safe alternatives for celebrating.
“This isn’t the year for traditional trick-or-treating, haunted houses and costume parties,” said Dr. Michael Kacka, DHEC Physician and Chief Medical Officer. “COVID-19 continues to have a high prevalence across our state, and many traditional Halloween activities, unfortunately, are high-risk activities since they include close person-to-person contact and interaction with people outside of your household.”
DHEC recommends that anyone who chooses to take part in a social activity like Halloween celebrations should get tested afterward and also monitor for symptoms.