#childsafety | NCA issues reminder on staying safe as CVS Pharmacy and Hershey distribute 1M ‘Boo-Bags’ to families

CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health, has announced that is working with the Hershey Company to offer Boo-Bags, a family friendly and socially distanced solution to making Halloween as safe and fun as possible in the time of COVID-19.

Boo-Bags are a fill-your-own kit to surprise friends and neighbors with Halloween treats as an alternative to traditional trick-or-treating during the pandemic – and will be distributed to select CVS Pharmacy stores nationwide in an effort to ensure the health and safety of customers while also promoting the surprise and delight of the season.

The tie-up was announced as the National Confectioners Association (NCA) issued a reminder of the advice from Dr Stephen Ostroff, who served as the FDA’s deputy commissioner and chief scientist and as the deputy director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The NCA is working closely with Ostroff “to help Americans take the guesswork out of Halloween 2020​”.

Ostroff’s expert advice includes:

1.​ Halloween is traditionally an outdoor holiday and the one time of the year when kids want to wear a mask. This is the year to get creative with face coverings. This is not the year to buck tradition by holding large indoor events, including parties. After all, proper ventilation and airflow are rarely an issue when outside. Work with your child to think of ways to integrate clever, while still protective, face coverings into their Halloween costume. Consider holding a small outdoor gathering of children with required physical distancing in the yard or elsewhere in the neighborhood. Even a small pageant or parade can be held safely outdoors if six feet of physical distancing is maintained.


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