Free Stay Healthy Block Permits now available to individuals through November 30, 2020
– “Trick or Street Blocks” are coming to Seattle. Many little (and not so little!) ghouls and goblins are looking forward to Halloween, but like other things in 2020, it’ll need to look a bit different than in years past. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is excited to announce that residents may now apply for a free Stay Healthy Block permit. With this free permit, Seattle residents can turn their non-arterial block into a Trick or Street Block for Halloween, or other activity until November 30. Visit the SDOT Blog for more information.
If Seattleites are headed outdoors, they need as much space as possible – to safely celebrate Halloween in accordance with Phase 2 guidelines of the Governor’s Safe Start Plan (which limits gatherings with more than 5 people outside your household).
If someone lives on a Stay Healthy Street, hosting an event is even easier since these streets already have “Street Closed” signs. While a Stay Healthy Blocks permit is not needed, the guidelines should be followed and printing extra signs to let people driving know about planned activities is encouraged.
Read the guidelines on how to request a permit, create a plan, tell neighbors, and prepare the street. Applications for a Trick or Street Block on October 31 need to be submitted by 5PM on Thursday, October 29.
We ask people celebrating to keep public health guidelines top of mind. Washington State, King County Public Health, and the CDC have provided Halloween-focused guidance, including the best ways to prepare goodie bags and suggestions for socially-distanced trick-or-treating or walking costume parades.
· Stay Healthy Trick or Street Blocks should not result in crowding. They’re designed for immediate neighbors.
· Remain with members of your household and make sure to maintain physical distance from non-household members.
· Wear cloth face coverings (costume masks don’t count!) and wash hands often! Bring hand sanitizer to use while out with your household members.
· If a Stay Healthy Trick or Street Block and it seems crowded and one may not be able to easily maintain physical distance, come back later.