Can I go trick or treating this year? Latest Covid rules explained
WITH the number of coronavirus cases continuing to rise in the UK it seems unlikely that social distancing measures will have eased by Halloween.
So are the spooky festivities cancelled and what are the trick or treat rules?
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Will Halloween be cancelled?
It seems unlikely that parties will be able to go ahead due to the current Coronavirus restrictions and the three-tier system measuring the severity of localised outbreaks.
Downing Street earlier confirmed that trick or treat in areas under local lockdown is banned as it would involve mixing households.
It is also important that people do not leave the house for any Halloween activity if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of Covid-19.
The same rule applies to those who live with a person considered vulnerable or at high risk of catching coronavirus.
Several annual Halloween festivals have already been cancelled in Scotland including celebrations in Fife and Paisley.
What are the trick or treating rules?
People living in areas that have been placed in the "very high" Covid alert level – or Tier 3 – will not be allowed to trick or treat in order to maintain strict social distancing rules.
Tier 3 restrictions ban people of different households from meeting in all settings, be it indoors or outdoors.
People in Scotland have been told to "stay at home" for Halloween and not to hold bonfire parties.
The Scottish government has banned households from mixing until 2 November.
Areas of England in Tier 2 are permitted to meet up but in an outdoor setting only.
If you are in Tier 2 proper social distancing should be followed and the wearing of a face mask is compulsory.
If parents do opt to bring their kids out to trick or treat this year they will be subject to the "rule of six".
This means that no more than six people can gather outside and this rule in England includes children.
Masks should be worn if travelling from house-to-house and hand sanitiser should be used after touching doorbells and knocking on doors.
As many people know there is no way to opt-out your house of the festivities meaning that those who are shielding might be put at risk even if they don't answer the door.
Perhaps having a pre-selected number of houses of families who are happy to partake in the festivities could be a good idea.
How can I celebrate Halloween this year?
There are many ways to celebrate Halloween this year without leaving the house.
Pumpkin carving is a wonderful way to keep the kiddies and adults entertained with competitions of the best creation.
Binge-watching scary movies is always fun with a huge selection both shown on television and streaming apps.
Families can also do some spooky baking, have an arts and crafts evening and hold a fancy dress competition.
But if you do fancy getting out some towns and villages are putting on a pumpkin trail for children to follow instead.
And households may wish to leave treats outside rather than have children knock on their doors.
Places such as Hatfield House in Hertfordshire are putting on their own events, with a woodland walk and featuring carved pumpkins.
And the Natural History Museum in London is inviting visitors to come after dark to follow the Terror Trail.
A lovely family event is to go pumpkin picking with farms across the country such as Claremont Farm in Bebington, Wirral.
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