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In the final week remaining prior to Halloween, the City of Bristol, Tennessee reminds residents to exercise caution in planning their holiday activities to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 and other seasonal illnesses like the flu. As has always been the case, the City does not officially regulate trick-or-treating activities, and ultimately leaves the decision of how to celebrate this and other holidays up to individual households and neighborhoods. Nevertheless, families are strongly encouraged to adhere to the following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help protect the Bristol community from COVID-19:
Avoid high risk activities such as:
Instead, consider celebrating with moderate to low risk activities like:
No matter how you celebrate, remember to always wear a cloth mask, stay at least six feet away from others who do not live with you, and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially if handling candy or preparing treats for others. It is also recommended to make your cloth mask part of your costume, but a traditional costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask. Costume masks should also not be worn over a cloth mask, as it can make breathing more difficult. For links to additional resources and ideas for how to safely celebrate Halloween this year, visit www.bristoltn.org/covid19.