NJDOH releases guidance for trick or treaters, party goers & more
The NJDOH recently released a two page Halloween COVID-19 guidance document for Halloween trick or treaters and partygoers. The guidance covers a variety of recommendations for indoor/outdoor activities, three different options for putting out treats, parties, hayrides, haunted houses and virtual activities. The guidance comes at an important time as Ocean County has experienced a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases.
“We’re happy everyone can still experience some type of Halloween festivities – especially our young ones who do look forward to this festive holiday,” said Gerry P. Little, Ocean County Freeholder and liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health. “The Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) is asking for everyone’s cooperation and to do their part by following the COVID-19 safety strategies provided for the protection and welfare of your friends, family and neighbors.”
“As a community we can’t let Halloween become a one day vacation from keeping up with the COVID-19 protocols such as social distancing, wearing protective face coverings and all the rest of the important precautions people have been following throughout the pandemic,” advised Daniel Regenye, OCHD Public Health Coordinator/Health Officer.
Regenye went on to add that even one day of “relaxing” the rules can cause a significant setback and contribute to an increase in COVID-19 cases. Ocean County has recently experienced an increase in positive COVID-19 cases so all residents need to be extremely vigilant no matter how young or old and no matter what level of Halloween festivities a person participates.
“Remember, safety first,” added OCHD Assistant Public Health Coordinator, Patty High. “The OCHD strongly urges everyone thinking of celebrating the holiday to please visit the NJDOH website at nj.gov/health/ under Halloween Celebration Guidance for the best scenarios and safety precautions that trick or treaters and partygoers of all ages can use to limit the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.”
The OCHD is also urging residents with questions to please call our COVID-19 Hotline number at 732-341-9700 ext. 7411. Or visit our website at www.ochd.org for more information.
The NJDOH (NJPIES) hotline is still available for questions around the clock at 1-800-222-1222 or by dialing 2-1-1. Other related sources; for medical COVID-19 questions call 1-800-962-1253 or Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive alerts.