As we prepare for Halloween on Saturday 31st with Pumpkin carving, fun and games the thought as to whether Trick-or-Treat will be allowed has crossed many minds this year.
Number 10 has confirmed that it would be dependent on the local COVID-19 measures in place under the government’s three tier system. Hampshire is in the clear for Trick-or-Treating providing children do not go into the house. It is also advised that you to go out in smaller groups making sure that the groups do not exceed 6.The rule of six applies to both adults and children in a group.
PM Boris Johnsons spokesman said: “The rules are there for all circumstances and people will have to use their common sense in ensuring they’ve followed the rules.”
As Andover is on Medium Tier 1 this means in terms of the ‘Medium’ alert level, we can meet indoors and outdoors in groups of no more than six people.You should still observe social distancing, but this means trick-or-treating in Tier 1 areas is ALLOWED.
Simon Bryant, Hampshire County Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “With local infection rates rising sharply, it is vitally important that we all continue to observe social distancing, practice good hand hygiene and wear a face covering. Under the Rule of Six, gatherings of more than six people indoors and outdoors are also prohibited. Following the Government guidance is our best chance of limiting the spread of infection and making sure we keep everyone in Hampshire safe.
Local police are providing “no trick or treat” advice posters for those who might be shielding. A police spokesperson has said; “If you are going trick or treating, please follow the safety advice and remember that some people, especially the elderly, might be frightened by groups of people knocking at their doors so please respect any homes displaying a ‘no trick or treat’ sign.”We want people to enjoy themselves safely but Halloween does not legitimise bad behaviour or vandalism and people need to consider how their actions can affect others.”Have Fun, Be safe and Wash hands. It is advised that Trick-or-Treaters use antibacterial gel regularly.
An alternative option to trick or treating
This year instead of trick or treating let’s go on a pumpkin hunt instead. All you need to do is decorate/carve pumpkins and put them outside for all to see. Further details on this can be found here.
Have a look at the events section of our website here to see what else is on offer to enjoy in Andover this Halloween.
Icknield School in Andover have shared the Makaton sign for Pumpkin