The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) reminds the public to take precaution while out celebrating Halloween and Día de los Muertos festivities.
“The El Paso City-County Health Authority will not issue any restrictions this year for Halloween and Día de los Muertos; however, officials strongly recommend individuals continue practicing safety precautions to avoid unnecessary exposure to COVID-19, particularly those unvaccinated and considered at-risk of complications,” city officials shared.
The following precautions are recommended:
- Individuals not fully vaccinated are encouraged to get the vaccine if planning to participate in gatherings or other activities during the holidays
- Those considered at-risk due to a low immune system or because of chronic health conditions are encouraged to speak to their healthcare provider to see if they can receive a third COVID-19 vaccine dose or a booster shot
- Smaller gatherings are safer, and it is recommended the individuals be fully vaccinated, and the use a face mask is not necessary unless it’s a personal preference
- Outdoor events are recommended over indoor events
- For large events, face masks are strongly recommended
- Carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, and haunted houses or Día de los Muertos attractions are allowed and are encouraged to continue following minimum health standards
- Door-to-door trick or treating is allowed this year and DPH is recommending those considered to be at high risk of COVID-19 complications or severe disease have a full vaccination and a third dose or booster shot and avoid exposure to large groups or crowds as well as wearing a face mask. Children are recommended to wash their hands before eating their candy.
The complete health guidance for Halloween and Día de los Muertos, along with COVID-19 testing and vaccine information can be found at EPStrong.org.