In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and start of the flu season, the Detroit Health Department is working to ensure costumes are the only thing scary about Halloween 2020. The Health Department has drafted guidance for families and business owners — sourced from the Governor’s executive orders and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and a list of safe alternatives for residents to enjoy Halloween this year. The goal is to ensure revelers have fun with their health and safety in mind.
“Detroiters have done a great job following safety protocols and keeping our city among the lowest infection rates in Michigan,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “Community activities like Halloween present opportunities for spread, so the Health Department has laid out some very sensible guidelines for families to follow to keep our children safe this year.”
“Given all the hard work by Detroiters in managing COVID-19 in our city, everyone deserves the opportunity to relax and celebrate, and Halloween is the perfect opportunity,” said Denise Fair, Chief Public Health Officer, Detroit Health Department. “That’s why we have developed guidelines to support residents and trick-or-treaters, as well as those establishments that are hosting events, so that everyone who chooses to celebrate may safely enjoy Halloween as we continue navigating COVID-19 and flu season.”
Fair broke down Halloween activities into three basic categories based on their level of risk:
Here are 6 rules to follow if you do choose to trick or treat:
Here are 6 rules for adults who pass out candy on Halloween:
Here are the rules for businesses who are hosting a Halloween event:
Anyone who has COVID-19 or has been exposed to someone with the virus is advised by the Health Department to avoid in-person Halloween festivities, forego handing out candy and stay home if they are feeling sick.
Safer City-Sponsored Activities
The City also has made plans to protect its youngest residents by suspending trunk-or-treat activities this year. The Department of Neighborhoods (DON) has partnered with City departments to donate candy for this year’s first-ever Drive-Up Candy Stations. On Halloween, residents may bring their children by car to pick up treats from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at select fire stations, all 11 Detroit Police precincts and Adams-Butzel Recreation Center. Masks are required and social distancing protocols will be followed. No walk-ups allowed.
“Each year, we, along with the City’s Police and Fire departments, look forward to seeing the smiling faces of Detroit children during our annual trunk-or-treat events,” said Raymond Solomon, General Manager, Department of Neighborhoods. “We could not let the kids down. So we came up with an alternate way to keep them safe and provide them with treats so they can still enjoy this fun holiday, thanks to the support of our title sponsor DTE.”
“At DTE, we strive to be a force for growth in the communities where we live and serve, and our commitment begins and ends with promoting the health and well-being of our friends, family members and neighbors,” said Nancy Moody, vice president of Public Affairs at DTE Energy. “As parents and children in the city look ahead to Halloween, we ask that they join us in living DTE's philosophy of 200% accountability – being 100% accountable for their safety and 100% accountable for the safety of everyone around them – as we make our way through an unconventional, but still sweet, trick-or-treating experience together.”
“We urge everyone to follow our guidance to keep everyone as safe as possible, especially our youngest residents, and we wish everyone a happy, healthy Halloween,” Fair said.
For more information on Detroit Health Department Halloween guidelines and resources, visit detroitmi.gov/Halloween.
City of Detroit Halloween in the D Drive-Up Candy Stations: Oct. 31 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)
At all locations, masks are required and social distancing protocols will be followed. Under safety protocols, candy will be distributed to individuals in cars only. No Walk-Ups Allowed.
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