Halloween and Guy Fawkes night this year will be different to the normal celebrations and local NHS organisations want to make sure families stay safe and avoid the COVID gremlins catching up with them.
Normally families would celebrate Halloween by trick and treating in their local neighbourhood, but with COVID-19 (coronavirus) still ‘lurking’ around and the number of cases increasing in our areas, the NHS is encouraging families to still have a fun Halloween, but to stay safe and start new traditions.
Due to COVID-19, families are encouraged not to go trick or treating, to not ‘knock’ on doors or ring doorbells to spook your neighbours this year. This is to help avoid spreading germs and potentially coronavirus. The NHS would also ask for families to not leave bowls of treats for children to pick up from outside their houses. Even though this helps with social distancing and reduces contact with other people, different hands in the bowls will still spread the virus.
Instead, the NHS is encouraging new traditions by creating Halloween themed pictures and drawings that can be displayed in your windows for the children to hunt and search for. Children could still dress up and with their adults, walk round their neighbourhood and when they spot a picture their adult could reward them with a treat. Please make sure social distancing and the rule of six is still followed.
Dr David Spraggett, Chair at NHS South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “In Coventry and Warwickshire, we are seeing a significant rise in Coronavirus cases in the community and as a result a rise amongst our staff and patients. We are asking that people do not take part in Trick-or-Treating this year and please continue to follow social distancing and the rule of six guidelines. By doing this we can all help stop the spread of coronavirus and keep our loved ones safe.”
During this time of year, Guy Fawkes Night is also celebrated on 5 November. Even though local events have been cancelled, people are reminded that if they are planning their own event, they must follow the rule of six guidance and any local restrictions.
Please also ensure if you do plan your own event, you follow all the health and safety advice on the fireworks to help prevent serious burns and injuries. Firework safety and the firework code is available at Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
Dr Imogen Staveley, Deputy Chair at NHS Warwickshire North CCG (CCG) said: “We want everyone to stay safe this bonfire, so as well as following the latest government advice on the ‘rule of six’ and social distancing we are you to please follow the firework health and safety advice and code to avoid any injuries.
“If you do suffer any burns, appropriate first aid must be used to treat any burns or scalds as soon as possible. This will limit the amount of damage to your skin. Information is available on the NHS website, or call NHS 111 for urgent advice.”
Find information for treatment for burns and scalds and what to do on the NHS website. If someone has breathed in smoke or fumes, they should also seek medical attention.