BOLINGBROOK, Ill. – As the weekend approaches, state Rep. Dagmara “Dee” Avelar, D-Bolingbrook, is encouraging her constituents to follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines and the advice from their local county health department to have a safe and happy Halloween.
“I know many of us are excited to dress-up as our favorite superhero and trick-or-treat with our friends this year, but we are not in the clear yet,” Avelar said. “Illinois has done an amazing job reducing COVID-19 transmissions and hospitalizations, so it is our duty to continue listening to the health experts, especially during the holidays.”
The CDC recommends the following for adults handing out treats:
- Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters
- Give out treats outdoors, if possible
- Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take
- Wash hands before handling treats
- Wear a mask
Avelar is a strong advocate for social distancing and wearing a mask when indoors or in a large group. She has supported efforts to increase vaccinations by hosting events in her district and she helped pass legislation that allows businesses to give free drinks with proof of vaccination.
Additionally, it is important to take extra precautions during trick-or-treating such as following curfew, encouraging kids to use crosswalks and making costumes bright or reflective to prevent driving accidents.
“Everyone can still have fun while being safe. We are all learning to adapt to the challenges of COVID-19, and hopefully we can return to a sense of normalcy once we all are on the same page,” Avelar said. “I look forward to seeing all the wonderful costumes this weekend. Happy Halloween!”
For more information on holiday safety guidelines please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/celebrations.html or https://www.willcountyillinois.com/News/will-county-health-department-offers-safety-guidelines-for-halloween-and-other-fall-activities-to-keep-families-healthy