Trick-or-treaters will be allowed to hit the streets on Oct. 31 in Peru, but officials are asking that care is taken in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Hopefully people will hand the candy out outside,” Peru Police Chief Dan Sofianos told the Tribune on Wednesday. “And (hopefully) people will wear a mask.”
Those are among the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that Sofianos said he and others are recommending as families try to enjoy an evening that will likely feel different than in years past.
Trick-or-treating in Peru will be permitted Oct. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m., Sofianos said.
He said the decision to sanction the evening activities was made much like the city’s decision to hold a July 4 festival this year.
“Some towns are, some towns aren’t,” he said. “We figure it is no different than the kids going to school.”
And many, he said, would likely hit the streets one way or the other.
Sofianos reiterated several times that he hopes families will hand candy out in front of their homes rather than having groups congregate in small entry ways.
In addition, he asked that families review CDC guidelines while designing costumes and before heading out.
The guidelines for those handing out candy include:
Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take.
Wash hands before handling treats.
Wear a mask.
For families going out to knock on doors:
Make your cloth mask part of your costume.
A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask.
Do not wear a costume mask over a cloth mask. It can make breathing more difficult.
Masks should not be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing
Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you
Indoors and outdoors, you are more likely to get or spread COVID-19 when you are in close contact with others for a long time
Wash your hands
Bring hand sanitizer with you and use it after touching objects or other people.
Use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
Parents: supervise young children using hand sanitizer.
Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you get home and before you eat any treats.
City officials will be out at City Hall the evening of Oct. 31 handing out candy.