Make the right choices this Hallowe’en, don’t give coronavirus the chance to spread

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Over Halloween with the number of Covid-19 cases increasing across Suffolk, residents must keep following the guidance to stop the virus spreading.

The Suffolk Resilience Forum is reminding people that we all have a responsibility to keep each other safe this half-term and Hallowe’en - the virus spreads when people get together and are in close contact.

In the last month, the weekly number of cases per 100,000 people in Suffolk has increased by 495%:

  • 24 September 2020: 8.01 cases per 100,000 people
  • 21 October 2020: 47.68 cases per 100,000 people

The following figures show how cases have been rising considerably across all areas of Suffolk.

Case rate per 100,000 population, as of 22 October:

  This week 1 week ago
Babergh 63.0 55.4
East Suffolk 40.1 41.3
Ipswich 48.9 43.8
Mid Suffolk 60.6 39.5
West Suffolk 56.4 46.4

The guidance we must keep following is to:

  • Keep washing your hands with soap and water
  • Keep wearing a face covering when required
  • Keep 2 metres apart from those you do not live with if you go out
  • Keep sticking to the rule of six, indoors and outdoors – and remember that school bubbles do not apply outside school
  • Take hand sanitiser if you go out

Stuart Keeble, Director of Public Health Suffolk, said:

“With half-term and Hallowe’en around the corner, we would usually be getting together in each other’s houses, or meeting up to go trick or treating. This year we can still have fun, but we must take a step back and think about what is safe to do. The rules that keep us safe from Covid-19 every day apply just as much at Hallowe’en.

“There is a balance between protecting each other from the spread of the coronavirus, while still letting youngsters enjoy themselves. We must all keep each other safe – remember that younger people can have the virus but not show any symptoms. However, they can still pass it on to older, vulnerable people who can fall seriously ill.

“We are all striving to keep Suffolk out of lockdown measures, and the way we celebrate Hallowe’en – and how we mark forthcoming events like Bonfire Night and Remembrance Sunday – will have an impact on this.”

If you think trick-or-treating is not safe for your family this year, there are other ways you can still enjoy Hallowe’en, whilst keeping everyone safe:

  • Be creative: create a pumpkin trail where you live so everyone can join in without knocking on doors
  • Be active: get dressed up and take a walk around your neighbourhood to see homes decorated for Hallowe’en
  • Be virtual: consider an online party with decorations, fancy dress and themed food. Play Hallowe’en games, bake Hallowe’en treats or tell spooky stories
  • Be social: take pictures of your spooky costumes and activities to share on social media
  • Be colourful: dress up the outside of your house with Hallowe’en decorations for you and your neighbours to enjoy
  • Be treat-wise: buy your own sweets to give to your children so they don’t miss out
  • Be bright: if you carve a pumpkin, use a battery-powered light inside it to reduce the risk of fire

We must stop the increase in cases across all parts of Suffolk, and we must do this now.

The Suffolk Resilience Forum will be updating the Stick With It Suffolk campaign in the coming weeks – everyone needs to maintain the efforts shown over the summer, to slow the spread of the virus.