Guidance for Halloween 2020

Halloween 2020 is going to be different.  As we have done with many events across the year, we again offer our thanks to those of you who are protecting yourself and others from the risk of catching or spreading Coronavirus. 

People across Wales continue to adapt to the changing situation and seasonal celebrations like Halloween can help boost morale and encourage us to connect safely with friends, family and loved ones. 

Dr Chris Williams, Incident Director for Public Health Wales said: “Coronavirus hasn’t gone away and once again we find ourselves thanking you for the resilience you have shown in doing your bit to reduce your chances of catching or spreading the virus. 

”Halloween is a popular time of year for parties and coming together with family and friends. Just as we have done so since lockdown began, many of us will be finding new and creative ways to get into the spirit of the occasion. This will include thinking about how we re-imagine traditional trick or treating at home, finding new ways to enjoy Halloween that doesn’t include physically meeting with others, and maintaining social distancing measures if you have to leave the house for an essential reason. 

“We all have a responsibility to protect ourselves and the people we care about, so we ask again that you bear this in mind when planning your activities.”

When thinking about your Halloween plans it is important to:
  • Follow the Welsh Government’s guidance for the fire break lockdown. 
  • Remember that physically gathering for Halloween parties in either your home or at another venue are not allowed as we seek to prevent the spread of the virus.
  • Not take part in traditional trick or treating which can put yourself and others at risk and breaches current guidelines which could incur a fine. 
  • Plan safe, fun activities that can be done in the comfort of your own home and only with members of your household. Making use of other means of socialising online or on the telephone where you cannot physically be with others.
  • Help protect yourself and the NHS by drinking responsibly if your plans include alcohol and avoiding any activities that may pose an increased risk of avoidable injury. 
  • Consider the needs of others around you and the impact your actions may have on them.