Parish officials release Halloween guidelines

EBR mayor offers suggestions for alternative Halloween ideas

(WAFB) - While the Baton Rouge area is on the right track in regards to slowing down the spread of COVID-19, parish officials have released guidelines for people to exercise healthy behavior especially with Halloween just around the corner.

Below is a list of parishes that have released guidelines for Halloween.

ASCENSION

Trick-or-treating hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween (Saturday, Oct. 31) in the unincorporated areas of the parish.

Children who plan on trick-or-treating should be chaperoned by an adult. Participants are urged to observe safety precautions, such as wearing brightly colored costumes, using flashlights, and avoiding walking on main or heavily-traveled highways.

For ways to enjoy a safe trick-or-treating experience in the age of COVID-19, please see these suggestions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


EAST BATON ROUGE

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome says the CDC considers traditional trick-or-treating or costume parties to be “high risk” activities during the pandemic. People should consider modified outdoor events and continue to practice social distancing, while wearing face masks.

Visit the CDC’s website for safe alternatives to typical Halloween activities.

All businesses and events hosted in EBR Parish for Halloween are required to follow Phase 3 guidelines that are currently in place:

  • General businesses are limited to 75% occupancy, with social distancing required
  • Social gatherings are limited to 50% capacity with a max of 250 people, with social distancing required
  • Outdoor crowd sizes are limited to 50% capacity of the outdoor space with up to 250 people, with social distancing required

In EBR Parish, trick-or-treating hours have been set at 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. Those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been exposed to someone who tested positive should not participate in any Halloween activities and should call their doctor.


LIVINGSTON

Families are encouraged to participate in Livingston Parish’s “Trunk or Treat” from 6 to 8 p.m. Halloween night at South Park in Denham Springs. Social distancing practices will be enforced.

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