Am I allowed to go trick or treating this year for Halloween? Latest Covid rules explained

HALLOWEEN 2020 will see families celebrate all things ghoulish and spooky – but the annual festival will be celebrated a little differently.

Due to the current coronavirus restrictions and the localised lockdown tiers, is Halloween cancelled and how will trick or treat be affected?

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Am I allowed to go trick or treating?

This year Halloween will take place on Saturday October 31, 2020.

It seems unlikely that parties will be able to go ahead due to coronavirus restrictions and the three-tier system, which measures the severity of localised outbreaks.

Usual activities such as pumpkin carving and spooky Halloween movies will of course be on the cards.

In Tier 1 and Tier 2, it is, thankfully, not illegal to go trick or treating this year.

However it is advised against by many police forces and councils.

On October 26, the government said that trick or treat outings would be permitted in Tier 1 and 2 as long as Covid-19 lockdown laws are followed, including the rule of six.

But Tier 3 town halls will enforce bans – and children will not be allowed to venture out.

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?

Tier 3

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.

The harsher rules in Tier 3 — which includes Merseyside, Lancashire, South Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and ­Warrington — also prevent households mixing in a garden.

This has led to confusion as homes with front doors opening on to the street may be allowed to have trick or treaters while those with a front garden may be banned as this would be classified as a private outdoor space.

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 untilNovember 2.

Tier 2

Areas of England in Tier 2 are permitted to meet up but in an outdoor setting only – including gardens.

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.

But it is worth remembering that in Tier 2 households cannot mix in private homes – so no going indoors.

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.


Tier 1

In medium alert level areas, under Tier 1 rules, people can meet indoors and outdoors in groups of no more than six people.

This means trick or treating can take place, as long as people meet outdoors or indoors in no more than groups of six.

Children can trick or treat as normal but should take care and wash their hands and sanitise when receiving sweets from other houses and between visits.

The person answering the door to you must also be counted in that group.

Face masks must be worn, while the social distancing rule of people remaining 2m apart will still apply.

Groups are also reminded to avoid houses where people are shielding or have put up signs or posters that read "No trick or treaters".

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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