Halloween is not a government-recognized holiday, however the city of Rocky Mount encourages residents to follow COVID-19 practices including the wearing of masks, maintaining six feet of social distancing and hand-washing. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services strongly recommends participating in alternative Halloween activities instead of traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating.
Low-risk activities include:
- Carving or decorating pumpkins
- Virtual Halloween costume contests
- Halloween movie night with members of your household
Moderate risk activities include:
- No or low-touch trick-or-treating
- Prepare individually wrapped goodie bags at the end of the driveway or yard for trick-or-treaters
- Attending a costume party held outdoors where protective masks are used and people remain more than 6 feet apart
High-Risk activities include:
- Attending crowded costume parties held indoors
- Participating in traditional trick-or-treat activities where treats are handed to children who go door-to-door or children take candy from a shared bucket
- Having trunk-or-treat events where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots
Anyone experiencing symptoms including fever, cough or shortness of breath is advised to remain at home. Information regarding the monitoring of symptoms is available at nc.gov/covid19.
The city of Rocky Mount, located in the Coastal Plains of North Carolina, lies in Edgecombe and Nash Counties. Rocky Mount is a two-time All-America City on the Tar River. To learn more, visit www.rockymountnc.gov.
Source: Jessie Nunery, City of Rocky Mount, NC