For Immediate ReleaseSeptember 25, 2020
Public Health Division shares advice for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos
San Rafael, CA – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause illness, hospitalizations, and deaths in Marin County, the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is offering families safe and responsible options to celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos while preventing the disease’s spread.
All year long, traditional holiday activities often promote the congregating and mixing of households, which increases the risk of transmitting COVID-19. It is important to plan early and identify safer options, said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer.
“Adopting new ideas or making modifications to our customs can reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, while allowing families a way to celebrate these time-honored traditions,” Willis said. “Regardless of how you choose to celebrate Halloween or Dia de los Muertos, it is important to maintain vigilance with wearing proper face coverings, practicing physical distancing and good hygiene, and keeping other personal protection measures in mind.”
One local alternative is the Marin Center’s Halloween Fair Food Drive-Thru Spooktacular between October 23 and November 1. Parents and kids may don their costumes and prepare to be spooked in the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium parking lot with family-friendly haunted surprises and activities while staying inside their cars.
Festive treats will range from pumpkin and ghost-themed candy apples, black-and-orange cotton candy, giant corndogs, giant turkey legs, funnel cake, churros, kettle corn, caramel corn, strawberry lemonade, and more. Operated by the same team that presents the Marin County Fair each year, the Spooktacular will prioritize the safety of its guests and vendors. All event personnel will wear face coverings and gloves and will sanitize surfaces frequently as they deliver properly packaged food.
In addition, the Marin County Fair plans to host themed-online contests throughout the month of October. Details will be posted to their Instagram and Facebook pages.
Some safer alternatives for celebrating Halloween or Dia de los Muertos include:
Gatherings and events not allowed under current local and state health orders:
The full guidance (English) (Spanish) is available at Coronavirus.MarinHHS.org.
Dr. Matthew WillisPublic Health OfficerHealth and Human Services
3240 Kerner Blvd.San Rafael, CA 94901(415) 473-4163Email: Dr. Matthew WillisMarin HHS website