Published on 30th October 2020

As the number of Covid-19 infection rates rise across the county, members of the public are being encouraged to find other ways to celebrate the spooky festivities safely this Halloween.

The Halloween and Bonfire period is a hugely popular time of year for children and families and Cheshire Police and police and crime commissioner David Keane are encouraging the public to stick to the rules while enjoying their celebrations, so that we can help reduce the spread of the virus.

Traditional activities like trick or treating are not recommended this year, while Halloween parties with friends can’t happen either because it puts people at risk of further spreading the virus, meaning we have to find new and different ways to celebrate safely.

Police and Crime Commissioner, David Keane, said: ““It's been a really difficult year for our communities and I recognise that seasonal festivities are really important for mental health and wellbeing.

“It’s great to see our communities across Cheshire having great fun, but we all have a very important part to play over the coming weeks and months to help slow the spread of the virus.

"The vast majority of residents have been adhering to the legislation and I hope that this continues throughout the Halloween and Bonfire period.

"Covid-19 is very much still out there, we must not let our guard down and the personal choices that we all make are crucial to protect our loved ones.”

To remind you of the local restrictions, Cheshire East and Cheshire West & Chester are classed as ‘high-risk’ areas, meaning that residents cannot socialise with anyone from outside their household in any indoor setting. 

Halton and Warrington are currently classed as a ‘very-high risk’ area, meaning that as well as the ban on socialising with anyone from outside their household, a number of premises are now closed too.

You can check the guidance in your area through the UK government's postcode checker.

The new legislation is in addition to other existing measures in place, including the use of face coverings and the ‘rule of six’.

Police will be working with partners, including Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and the local authorities in the run up to Halloween and Bonfire Night, to help keep the number of incidents as low as possible.