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Families urged to enjoy a safe but spooky Halloween

Families in Northumberland are being encouraged to have a spooky but safe Halloween this year. 
With Covid-19 restrictions in place across the region, anything that increases contact between families increases the risk of catching coronavirus for everyone.  
This year people are being asked to get creative and if they want to celebrate to do it in a covid safe way. 
Liz Morgan, the county’s Director of Public Health, said: “We know how much some people love Halloween and getting involved with their children trick-or-treating but we’d really prefer you to skip it this year. 
The need to avoid gathering around front doors, the use of sanitiser for hands and door knockers or bellsthe use of face coverings and the need to ensure that the sharing of sweets doesn't present a risk are all things you’ll need to consider if you do decide to go ahead. 
“It’s also vital people don’t hold parties in their homes with those who aren’t in their household or support bubble. 
“Halloween is traditionally about thinking creatively and using your imagination and this year more than ever we need people to do this.” 
Instead the council is suggesting a safe range of indoor and outdoor activities people could do on the night. 
These include: 
  • Carving pumpkins 
  • Making your own Halloween costumes 
  • Watching a scary movie 
  • Organising a Halloween themed treasure hunt with your household 
  • Giving your windows or doorstep a spooky makeover for passers-by to enjoy 
  • Walking from house to house enjoying local decorations 
Liz added: “It’s important to remember if you do go outside the rule of six applies and people should socially distance. Wear a face covering and take some hand sanitiser with you. 
“Wash your hands with soap and water when you get in, and most importantly if you or someone in your family is self-isolating please stay at home this year.” 
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