These Are The Areas In The UK Where You Can Still Trick Or Treat This Halloween
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From parties to bobbing for apples, Halloween presents a whole host of non-Covid friendly activities. But what about trick or treating? Is it allowed?
Well, the answer all depends on where in the UK you live... so bear with us!
Let's start with England. Now, as we all know, different regions have been given different tiers, and the general rule is that trick or treating can take place as long as restrictions are followed for your area and common sense is used.
A Downing Street spokesperson said this week: "The rules are those which apply to household mixing in general and what that means in practice is if you are in a very high alert level (Tier 3) then you cannot mix with other households indoors or in private outdoor spaces.
"If you're in a high Covid alert level (Tier 2) then the rule of six applies in private gardens and outdoor spaces but households must not mix indoors.
"And in terms of the medium alert level (Tier 1), you can meet indoors and outdoors in groups of no more than six people."
Areas currently in Tier 3 are: Warrington, Nottinghamshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, South Yorkshire and Liverpool.
Tier 2 areas are:
Cheshire West and Chester
Oadby and Wigston
Redcar and Cleveland
Tyne and Wear
It's important to note that the following areas will also move into Tier 2 from 00.01am on Saturday 31st October:
Yorkshire and the Humber
East Riding of Yorkshire
North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire
The whole of High Peak
Telford and the Wrekin
All other regions are Tier 1.
Meanwhile in Scotland, families have been told to avoid trick or treating altogether.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney has said the idea of it "brings an additional and avoidable risk of spreading the virus" adding: "Our clear advice for families is to avoid it."
Of course in Wales, Halloween falls during the country's firebreak lockdown, which means meeting other households indoors or outdoors is strictly not allowed.
And in Northern Ireland, meeting indoors with another household is prohibited while the number of people who can meet outdoors is limited to 15.
However, PHA's head of health protection Dr Gerry Waldron has specifically asked people not to trick or treat.
"We do not advise continuing the tradition of bobbing for apples this year or going outside to trick or treat within the community, as these are not safe practices this year, as they increase the risk of infection," he said.
"Sharing of food and sweets can also spread the Covid-19 virus. Face-to-face interactions with older and vulnerable neighbours could also put them at risk."