Garrison releases local Halloween guidance

USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

The garrison’s youngest community members take part in Halloween fun. Photo by John Reese, USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

Note: This article is updated as new guidance and rules are applied to current conditions.

U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart has released guidance to the community relating to trick-or-treating and other Halloween activities for October 31, 2020.

Recommendations include utilizing cloth face coverings and avoiding close contact and confined spaces for trick-or-treaters, as well as using a table when distributing treats to facilitate physical distancing and prevent unnecessary contact. This year’s trick-or-treating will be an outdoor affair, as doing so in stairwells and garages is not permitted.

Only DoD ID card holders will be allowed to trick or treat; there will be no visitor sign-in from 4:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. on all installations on October 31. More information about activities will be shared on StuttgartCitizen.com when they become available. Read the full guidance below:

General Protective Measures

  • Correctly wear a cloth face covering when outside of your home and around others that are not part of your household or typical associates (your bubble).
  • If your costume does not have a cloth face covering, wear a cloth face covering in lieu of the costume mask, or integrate a cloth face covering with your costume.
  • Avoid close contact and confined spaces – actively remain at least 1.5 meters (6 feet) from people who are not a part of your family or your bubble.
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well or have been in contact with someone who is sick.
  • Observe good hygiene; wash or sanitize your hands often; clean & disinfect frequently touched items and surfaces; don’t touch your face.
  • Don’t share costume props or food with anyone outside of your family.

Trick-or-Treating

  • DoD ID card holders only – no visitor sign-in from 4-10 p.m. on all bases on October 31.
  • Avoid trick-or-treating in groups not consisting of members of your household or your bubble; a parent escorts children to ensure spacing.
  • Consider trick-or-treating on the installation where you live or work.
  • Wait until arriving home to wash hands before eating treats.

Hosting Trick-or-Treating

  • Distribute only commercially packaged treats – wash or sanitize hands frequently/wear gloves.
  • Trick-or-treating outdoors only.
  • Use a table when distributing treats to avoid contact and facilitate social distancing.
    • Deliberately space out treats on table for “grab and go”
    • Give treats directly to trick-or-treater using table as a barrier
    • Neighbors living in close proximity should space treat tables apart a minimum of 3 meters (10 feet)

Gatherings / Halloween Events

Note: As of October 13, 2020, Stuttgart (including Patch, Kelley, and Robinson Barracks) and Esslingen county (including the cities of Esslingen, Leinfelden, and Filderstadt) have both exceeded the “intervention level” of 50 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population over seven days. This means new restrictions in these areas that are effective through November 1.

  • Rules for areas with a seven-day-incidence rate of 35-50 cases per 100,000 population (currently Böblingen County, including Panzer Kaserne):

Up to 15 people can partake in a private/family event in a private space. Up to 25 people can partake in events held in public or rented spaces.

  • Rules for areas which exceed a seven-day-incidence rate of 50 cases per 100,000 population (currently Stuttgart, including Patch, Kelley, and Robinson Barracks; Esslingen County; and Ludwigsburg County):

Only ten people, or members of no more than two households, are allowed to meet in private or public spaces.

CDC Halloween Guidance:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween