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H-A-L-L-O-W-E-E-N safety tips from the Virginia Tech Police Department

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From: Virginia Tech Police Department

In light of the COVID-19 emergency, it is more important than ever to keep the following safety tips in mind if choosing to celebrate Halloween this year.

Heads Up Hokies and stay alert. If driving, stay cautious, and keep your eyes open for trick-or-treaters — of all ages — in the dark.

Avoid alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgment and increase risky behaviors.

Look at CDC recommended guidelines for holiday celebrations as many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. Click here for a complete list of low, moderate, and high-risk activities.

Look visible. Don’t be a ghost. If venturing out, stay on sidewalks and crosswalks and wear something reflective or light-colored. Bonus points if your face covering is glow-in-the-dark or reflective.

Observe what’s happening around you. Report suspicious activities both on and off campus to 540-382-4343.

Wear a face covering, keep your distance, and wash your hands frequently. A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth face covering unless it has multiple layers of breathable fabric and covers the mouth and nose snugly.

Embrace more COVID-friendly Halloween activities. Get spooky with your pod and enjoy activities like pumpkin carving outdoors, hosting a Halloween-themed movie night, and more.

Events with more than 15 people should be avoided, especially indoor events.

Navigate campus and town using the Friend Walk feature within the Hokie Ready App. Send your location in real-time to a friend or loved one so they can watch you as you walk to your destination. Click here for more details and to download the app. When in doubt, avoid venturing out alone. Stay with friends if you do have to walk somewhere and remember “No Hokies Left Behind.”

Please refer to the statement released by the NRV Public Health Task Force and localities, including Blacksburg and Christiansburg, for safety tips and local Halloween event guidelines.