The Safer at Home Order is designed to help our residents and the larger California community stay safe and support the well-being of our families, friends and neighbors. Below are ways to ensure you are sheltering safely and protecting yourself and those you love.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health would like to share information on how to take part in this holiday in a manner that reduces the risk of spreading COVID-19. Since some of the traditional ways in which this holiday is celebrated are not permitted this year, consider some safer alternatives that are listed below.
Not Permitted (gatherings and events are not currently allowed under the Health Officer Order)
- Halloween gatherings, events or parties with non-household members are not permitted even if they are conducted outdoors
- Carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, and haunted house attractions are not allowed.
- Door to door trick or treating is not recommended because it can be very difficult to maintain proper social distancing on porches and at front doors, ensure that everyone answering or coming to the door is appropriately masked to prevent disease spread, and because sharing food is risky.
- “Trunk or treating” where children go from car to car instead of door to door to receive treats is also not recommended, particularly when part of Halloween events, since it is difficult to avoid crowding and sharing food.
Permitted and Recommended
- Online parties/contests (e.g. costume or pumpkin carving)
- Car parades that comply with public health guidance for vehicle-based parades including:
- a. Drive by events or contests where individuals dress up or decorate their vehicles and drive by “judges” that are appropriately physically distanced.
- b. Drive through events where individuals remain in their vehicles and drive through an area with Halloween displays.
- c. Drive in events where individuals can receive a treat bag (limited to commercially packaged non-perishable treats) or take away item from an organizer while the participants remain in their vehicle.
- Halloween movie nights at drive in theaters.
- Halloween themed meals at outdoor restaurants.
- Halloween themed art installations at an outdoor museum.
- Dressing up homes and yards with Halloween themed decorations.
For more information, and to view the official guidelines please visit the LA County Public Health website at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.
Many of the traditional ways we celebrate Halloween can be high-risk for spreading viruses. But! There are still plenty of ways to celebrate this fall festive holiday while preventing the spread of COVID-19. Here are several safer, low risk alternative ways to participate this year!
- Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
- Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
- Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
- Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance
- Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
- Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
- Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house
LOCAL ALTERNATIVE ACTIVITIES
Dog Park Reopening
WESTLAKE VILLAGE DOG PARK REGULATIONS AND COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
In accordance with guidance from State and Los Angeles County health officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Dog Park will open on Monday, September 28, 2020 (after 11AM) with the following restrictions:
- Physical distancing of a minimum of six (6) feet is required, including the use of the shade shelter and park benches.
- Please do not gather with others.
- Wear cloth face coverings per the CDC guidelines.
- The use of gloves to open and close all gates is strongly encouraged.
- All fountains are temporarily shut off, bring water for you and your pet.
- Bring hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes and sanitize hands frequently.
- Avoid petting other people’s dogs.
- Stay home if you are sick.