On Halloween the tradition of combing the neighborhood for treats is important in many ways. It is not just for children, who look forward to the holiday, but to locals that use it to reinforce a sense of community. Often, it is one of the few times that older community members meet children.
This year is different. Because of COVID-19 most communities are limiting trick or treating. Many blog followers are interested in whether there is any way to keep safe but still have some community interaction?
Many communities are planning non-contact events where treats are placed in an open area. For children to access This is a viable solution but lacks community interaction. Are there other options?
Medically, the risk associated with these events is primarily for older members of the community who are exposed to many younger individuals and children. Elderly individuals should be protected. Children, especially in masks, are likely to be safe even in groups if appropriately spaced.
It would be valuable to have groups of children, appropriarte spaced and masked, visit and recognize community adults at some distance, such as the sidewalk to the front door. This allows social interaction while still protecting
Communities might focus on identifying houses and people who are in isolation, and cheer them through this mechanism. It is incredible important act since it may be the only social interaction for many of these folks this winter.
Let’s hope that these few community events can keep everyone but together through this difficult time.