Is trick or treating allowed in Surrey during COVID-19 restrictions?
That is a very common question being asked on facebook groups across the county with many families desperate to make sure their kids don’t miss out but not wanting to fall foul of the restrictions.
Number 10 said that this will depend on the restricts in place. The specific rules are those that prevent household mixing.
But what does that actually mean for Surrey residents?
- If you are in a ‘Very High’ alert level then this means you cannot mix with any other households indoors or in private outdoor spaces like back or front gardens.
- If you are in a ‘High’ COVID alert level then the rule of six applies in private gardens and outdoor spaces but households must not mix indoors.
- If you are in a ‘Medium’ alert level, you can meet indoors and outdoors in groups of no more than six people.
Common sense is a big factor and residents should take responsibility for making sure they are following the rules. Most of Surrey falls within the Medium alert level, but this can change very quickly.
Is trick or treating allowed in Surrey?
Surrey Police ASB Officer Jo Grimshaw said to Sky News: “If you are going trick or treating, please follow the safety advice and remember that some people, especially the elderly, might be frightened by groups of people knocking at their doors so please respect any homes displaying a ‘no trick or treat’ sign.
We want people to enjoy themselves safely but Halloween does not legitimise bad behaviour or vandalism and people need to consider how their actions can affect others.”
The vast majority of residents trick or treating are young families enjoying the festivities, as is always the case, it is a small minority of idiots that spoil the atmosphere. The Residents Network recommends that if you witness any criminal activity such as vandalism, to call Surrey Police on 101.