Trick-or-Treat Hours Set

Date: October 31, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

 2020 Safe Halloween

 

The City of Urbana and Champaign set Trick-or-Treat Hours

Urbana and Champaign Mayors Announce Hours for Halloween Trick-or Treat
Social Distancing, Proper Masks Encouraged to Promote COVID-19 Safety

CHAMPAIGN - Following direction from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (C-UPHD), Champaign Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen, Urbana
Mayor Diane Marlin, and Champaign County Executive Darlene Kloeppel have announced the
Trick-or-Treat hours in the Cities of Champaign and Urbana. Trick-or-treating in Champaign and
Urbana will be held this year on Saturday, October 31, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

The Champaign County Board approved specific rules/guidelines/hours, which the cities of Urbana and
Champaign have historically agreed to; specifically Halloween/Trick-or-Treat will be held on
October 31, regardless of what day of the week it is. The rules also state if October 31 falls on a
weekend day the trick-or-treat hours will be 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

This year, when setting these hours, both Mayors Feinen and Marlin join with Executive Kloeppel in
urging all residents to discuss appropriate safety precautions and social distancing measures for
both the homes giving out candy and the children trick-or-treating during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Per the guidance issued by IDPH and C-UPHD, the following safety measures should be taken by those
planning to trick-or-treat:

1. As an alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating, anyone who would like to distribute treats
should leave individually wrapped candy or treats on a table, on their front walkways, sidewalks,
or any outdoor space that allows for at least 6 feet of social distance from the door. The
individually wrapped candy should be spread out so each piece is not touching another. Anyone
distributing candy or treats should wash their hands properly for at least 20 seconds before
placing the candy on the table and when
replenishing.

2. All individuals participating in trick-or-treating, including those passing out candy should
maintain social distance of least 6 feet and wear proper face coverings. A costume mask, such as
those worn for Halloween, is not a substitute for a face covering. If face coverings are worn under
costume masks, please ensure this does not create breathing problems, and if so, discard the
costume mask.
3. Only household members should trick-or-treat together, and they should maintain 6-feet social
distance from other trick-or-treaters at all times. Mixed household trick-or-treaters are
discouraged.
4.   Alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be carried and used frequently.
5. Candy collected during trick-or-treating should not be consumed until after handwashing. As
always, a parent/guardian should check all candy to make sure it is wrapped and should discard
unwrapped candy.
6. Outdoor areas are preferred for trick-or-treating. Enclosed indoor areas, like apartment
buildings, present greater risk of transmission. Open doors and windows as appropriate to promote
increased ventilation.

Additionally, the guidance from the IDPH and C-UPHD includes the following information that applies
to the entire County on alternative Fall activities and events:

• Trunk or Treat events are being discouraged unless they are spread out and retooled with set
traffic flows and traffic patterns.
• Haunted houses, forests, or walks are not allowed under Restore Illinois Phase 4 Guidelines.
• Pumpkin Patches, Orchard Visits, and Hayrides must adhere to social distancing and capacity
guidelines. Hand sanitizer is encouraged before touching any produce.
•    Fall Festival Events should be avoided in areas with community spread.
•    Social Gatherings, Costume Parties in Adult Settings, and Halloween Parties at Bars
must adhere to social distancing and capacity guidelines.

Individuals with questions about safe social distancing are encouraged to contact the Champaign-
Urbana Public Health District Coronavirus Hotline by phone at (217) 239-7877 or by email at
coronavirus@c-uphd.org.

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