The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has issued updated guidance to help people celebrate and manage Fall festivities more safely as we continue to battle COVID-19.
Thanks to the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines that are readily available, activities may look a little different than last year, but there is still no vaccine for children under the age of 12, so precautions must still be taken to prevent the spread of the virus. The Illinois Department of Public Health recommends a layered approach.
- Get vaccinated and get a booster shot when appropriate
- Wear a mask indoors
- Limit/avoid settings where physical distancing is not possible
Masks are currently required in all indoor public locations in Illinois. Please wear a well-fitting mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Pumpkin Patches, Orchard Visits, Fall Festivals
Try to visit pumpkin patches, orchards, and festivals at times that aren’t as busy. You can also limit your exposure by moving away from crowded areas and wearing a mask.
Large gatherings with more people increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission compared to small gatherings, and outdoor parties are safer than indoor parties. If indoors, a mask must be worn in public places, but can also be worn in private settings where physical distancing is difficult. For indoor gatherings, try to increase air flow by opening doors and windows.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, do not participate in Fall events.
More information and Fall Guidance is on the IDPH website at https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/Halloween.