Spooks, scares, and…sanitizer?
New Mexico is still fighting to keep COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations under control, and the future seems uncertain as we head into cold and flu season.
Still, experts say that finding ways to celebrate holidays like Halloween— even during a worldwide pandemic— is important to maintaining our emotional and mental wellbeing.
Yet parents may find themselves unsure how to make Halloween special for their kids this year without taking unnecessary health risks. With this and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) safety guidelines in mind, Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys has created this simple guide to Halloween safety in Albuquerque.
Trick-or-Treating With the Kids
DON’T do traditional trick-or-treating this year in Albuquerque. According to the CDC, this is a high-risk activity. Going door to door with no real way to maintain social distance and coming into direct contact with people outside your household has the potential to spread infection.
DO take precautions if you decide to do modified trick-or-treating, which is a moderate-risk activity. If you’re offering up treats for the neighborhood, wash your hands before and after assembling individually-wrapped goodie bags and place them at the end of the driveway or in the front yard for trick or treaters.
DON’T wear a costume mask in place of a protective face mask. Remember, a protective face mask should have at least two layers of breathable fabric, cover the mouth and nose, and not leave gaps around the face. Halloween-themed face masks are preferable to wearing a costume mask on top of your face mask, which can make breathing more difficult.
DO accompany young children who are trick-or-treating. Wear bright, reflective clothing if possible, stick to the sidewalk, and head home when it starts getting dark to help prevent an Albuquerque pedestrian accident.
Attending a Halloween Party
DON’T attend large gatherings of people. According to New Mexico’s updated Public Health Emergency Order, mass gatherings of more than 5 people are prohibited until at least November 13, when the public health order expires.
DO wear a protective face mask and practice social distancing if you decide to meet up with people outside of your household. This means staying six feet apart and holding the party outside if possible. Keep in mind, this is a moderate-risk activity.
DON’T get behind the wheel on Halloween after taking drugs or drinking alcohol. Fatal traffic accidents in Albuquerque often surge on this holiday because of drinking and driving. Don’t become a statistic—arrange alternate transportation to avoid driving under the influence.
DO stay home if you’re sick. The novel coronavirus and the common cold share many similar symptoms, but COVID-19 spreads much more easily and can lead to serious complications. One of the easiest tips for Halloween safety in Albuquerque is to self-isolate if you’re not feeling well.
Visiting a Pumpkin Patch, Orchard, or Corn Maze
DON’T attend a pumpkin patch, orchard, corn maze, or other Halloween event where capacity is not limited or attendees are not wearing face masks.
DO wash your hands or use sanitizer before and after picking apples or touching pumpkins. Although the virus is most easily transmitted through respiratory droplets, it may still be able to survive for a time on surfaces.
DON’T go to haunted corn mazes or other indoor haunted houses. Between a lack of practicable social distancing and the likelihood of screaming patrons, the CDC rates these activities as high-risk.
DO be careful if you attend an outdoor event such as a socially distanced nighttime haunted forest. Frightened children and adults alike are more likely to suffer a slip and fall accident in a dark and unfamiliar environment.
What To Do If You Are Injured on Halloween
At Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys, we understand that accidents and injuries happen 365 days a year. That’s why we’re available around the clock, even on holidays, to assist injured clients who need legal assistance.
If you’re injured this year despite practicing Halloween safety in Albuquerque, one call can make all the difference. Contact our Albuquerque personal injury lawyers by calling 505-544-4444. If you have questions, representatives are standing by via LiveChat to answer them. You can even request your free consultation by simply filling out this convenient form.