Don't trick or treat at Halloween says KCC and Medway Council despite government rules allowing it
Trick or treating this Halloween could put households at risk of coronavirus and ultimately result in tighter restrictions for Kent , say its directors of public health.
The pandemic and subsequent lockdown laws has left parents grappling with how best to enjoy this weekend's event - especially with Halloween falling on a Saturday night.
Downing Street has reportedly given trick or treating the green light for households living in Tiers 1 and 2 - providing that all lockdown laws are followed including strict social distancing and the rule of six, which also applies outside.
But despite the apparent nod from central government, and Kent currently being classified as Tier 1,both Kent County Council and Medway Council is asking families to abandon traditional trick or treating and stay at home.
James Williams, Medway Council's Director of Public Health, says everyone needs to 'play their part' in protecting loved ones.
He said: “I would encourage residents to stay at home this Halloween. Unfortunately, Halloween traditions like trick or treating could put you and your family at risk. Although Medway’s local Covid alert level remains at medium, it is vital that we all continue to play our part to reduce the spread of coronavirus and protect our loved ones.
"There are a number of ways you can celebrate at home with your family safely and we’ve included a list of ideas on our website.”
But Andrew Scott-Clark, KCC's Director of Public Health said infections are on the rise and the council wants to do it all it can to avoid having to be moved into a higher tier with tighter rules.
He said: “Kent residents have been great at following the social distancing guidelines and keeping the rates far lower than the national average but we are seeing rises across the county and to avoid changing tiers and stricter restrictions, we would also encourage residents to stay at home this Halloween and find others ways to celebrate it safely.
"For more information and guidance on testing, keeping your loved ones safe and how we are responding to outbreaks, go to www.kent.gov.uk/protectkent “
A spooky movie, scavenger trail around the house or garden, pumpkin carving competition or a virtual Halloween quiz with fancy dress are amongst the suggestions from Medway Council for celebrating Halloween at home. To read more click here .