10/16: Sonoma County Guidance for a COVID Safe Halloween

10/16: Sonoma County Guidance for a COVID Safe Halloween

The County of Sonoma has provided guidance for enjoying safe Halloween and Dia de los Muertos activities this year.

With Halloween and Dia de los Muertos quickly approaching, the County is reminding residents to plan ahead and celebrate safely this year by avoiding gatherings. Many traditional holiday activities promote gatherings and mixing of households, which increase the risk of transmitting COVID-19. The County of Sonoma Department of Health Services has issued guidance to help our community stay safe as we celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos.

See the full Press Release for guidance on what activities are and are not permitted as well as a list of safe alternatives.

The County’s Halloween and Dia de los Muertos guidance is especially critical as the COVID-19 virus continues to circulate in Sonoma County, which remains in the most-restrictive purple tier within the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Coronavirus can spread asymptomatically through droplets from coughing, sneezing and talking, by aerosols caused by normal breathing, and through virus particles on hard surfaces. These forms of transmission are difficult to avoid with “normal” Halloween and Dia de los Muertos activities.

No matter how you choose to celebrate, Sonoma County asks community members to avoid close contact with those outside your household, wear proper face coverings, practice hand hygiene, and stay home when not feeling well. By planning early and identifying safe options you can have a healthy holiday and keep loved ones, friends, neighbors, and vulnerable community members safe.

Please note that Florence Avenue WILL NOT be blocked off this year. In accordance with state and county health guidance, while trick-or-treating is strongly discouraged, outdoor gatherings are permitted if there are no more than 12 individuals, and no more than 3 households, and where people maintain at least 6-feet distancing with those not in their households, wear face coverings and practice hygiene standards.

Examples of safe Halloween alternatives that are encouraged, within specific guidelines, include:

  • Online parties
  • Car parades
  • Drive-in movie nights
  • Halloween themed meals at outdoor restaurants
  • Outdoor, drive-through haunted houses