Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine reminded parents Thursday that Halloween activities will be different this year than in years past due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.
During his coronavirus press briefing Thursday, the governor encouraged parents and children to wear a mask, practice social distancing, avoid large groups, and to stay home if sick.
DeWine said final decisions on whether to hold or participate in trick-or-treating or other events should be made by local communities, individuals, and parents.
The Ohio Department of Health has released guidance for communities and families in regards to trick-or-treating and Halloween festivities.
State health officials strongly recommend that hayrides and haunted houses be canceled/avoided.
The health department says people should not hold large in-person Halloween parties with more than 10 people.
Always wear a face covering and stay 6 feet away from people who are not from your household.
If taking your children trick-or-treating, parents should limit the number of houses you visit and ask your children to stay as far away from treat-givers as possible.
Parents should also wipe off candy wrappers with sanitizing wipes when you arrive home, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
To read the full Halloween / trick-or-treating guidance from the Ohio Department of Health, click here.