City of Madison says Halloween is on, but asks families to modify plans


-- The City of Madison isn't canceling trick-or-treating over concerns of COVID-19, but they're asking families to stay safe while celebrating.

"We're not recommending that we cancel Halloween. It's one of the few activities we can do outside," said Public Health Madison & Dane County Director Janelle Heinrich.

Public Health recommendsgoing out only with members of your household, wearing a mask, and staying at least 6 feet away from others. If you choose to give candy out, leave it out on your porch instead of directly handing it to people.

Public Health Madison & Dane County recommends not holding a Halloween party this year. If they are held, a number of requirements must be met.

  • Indoor private gatherings must be limited to 10 people, not including household members. Everyone must maintain physical distance. Everyone must wear masks.
  • Outdoor private gatherings must be limited to 25 people, not including household members. Everyone must maintain physical distance. Masks are recommended. If outdoors in an enclosed space, like a park shelter, masks are required per the State of Wisconsin Emergency Order #1 PDF.

If you visit a restaurant or tavern:

  • Everyone must remain seated at physically distanced tables if they visit a restaurant. Restaurants are limited to 25% capacity and everyone must have a mask on when not eating or drinking.
  • Taverns may only provide outdoor service. Everyone must remain seated at physically distanced tables and have a mask on when not eating or drinking. Customers may enter bars only to order, pick-up, and pay for food or beverage.
  • Emergency Order #9 lists all requirements.

To read more go to WKOW: https://wkow.com/2020/10/15/city-of-madison-says-halloween-is-on-but-asks-families-to-modify-plans/