September 22, 2020
Skagit Health Officer Dr. Leibrand discourages in-person trick-or-treating in light of COVID-19 pandemic
Today, Skagit Health Officer Dr. Leibrand issued the following statement on Halloween activities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic:
“Halloween is coming up and unfortunately, COVID-19 is still with us. In light of the continued community spread of COVID-19, I am recommending that no in-person trick or treating take place this year,” said Dr. Leibrand. “This is a difficult and disappointing decision, but one that is necessary to keep our community safe.”
Minimizing in-person interaction with people we do not live with is vital to slowing the spread of COVID-19. Trick or treating presents too much of a risk for widespread community transmission.
This recommendation follows and aligns with Dr. Leibrand’s previous recommendation cancelling large-scale events through the end of the year and is supported by all eight Skagit County Mayors, the Samish Indian Nation, the Skagit County Board of Commissioners and Board of Health. The Centers for Disease Control also released similar guidance on Monday, September 21.
Instead of trick-or-treating, community members are encouraged to participate in COVID-19 appropriate activities such as:
If you have questions, or need additional information please visit www.skagitcounty.net/coronavirus or call Skagit Public Health at 360-416-1500.
- Decorating your front yard or windows with Halloween themed decorations.
- Taking a car ride with your immediate family to see community decorations.
- Doing a scavenger hunt for candy in your own home with your immediate family or small social group.
- Taking a picture of you and your family in costume and tag Skagit County to share your fun creations. Twitter: @SkagitGov Facebook: @SkagitCountyWA